PALM HARBOR – A Palm Harbor family thanked Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies who assisted in rescuing a deer that had fallen in the family’s pool spa Thursday morning.
Deputies Tim McTaggart and Kevin Lewis along with trapper George Lontakis responded to the home of Mike Wyers on Radcliffe Drive in the Lansbrook subdivision in Palm Harbor about 10 a.m.
According to deputies, a small doe ran through the pool screen and fell into the spa. Wyers called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that the deer had apparently been knocked unconscious. He said the deer had regained consciousness, but could not get out of the spa on its own efforts.
McTaggert and Lewis arrived on scene and threw a blanket over the deer’s head to help keep it calm, according to the sheriff’s report.
“The blanket was then removed because it was getting wet,” the report continued. “At that point, Deputy McTaggert held the doe’s head and neck in a stable position for several minutes, until further help arrived.”
When the trapper arrived, he got into the spa with the deer and was assisted by McTaggert in lifting the doe out of the spa. The deer showed some difficulty standing, falling over a couple of times before standing and moving away from the home. Deputies said the deer eventually ran off into a nearby wooded area.
The Wyers family contacted the Sheriff’s Office to thank the deputies for their actions.