A Hudson Valley man is accused of keeping a baby deer as a pet and placing the deer near weed plants.

Recently, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers responded to a Monticello home for a call regarding a fawn deer.

At the home, officers allegedly observed an unlawfully possessed fawn deer in a fenced-in area of the backyard.

Further inspection revealed that the deer was next to a garden containing multiple marijuana plants, police say.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was contacted and responded with detectives seizing the marijuana plants. The unnamed homeowner was interviewed and issued an appearance ticket for the unlawful possession of protected wildlife. He was later charged by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office for the illegal marijuana.

All charges are pending in the Town of Thompson Court.

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