A B.C. woman who was ordered to release Bimbo, her pet deer, is now being allowed to keep it.
Janet Schwartz, who has shared her home and yard with the the black-tailed Bimbo for the last 10 years, received a letter from the ministry of environment Tuesday informing her she had to free the animal immediately or face charges.
That decision was overturned Friday by B.C.'s environment minister Terry Lake, who said a team of experts will be working with Schwartz to ensure Bimbo's safety.
“As a veterinarian, I am very aware of the bonding that takes place between people and their pets,” Lake said on the ministry's website. “I am confident that by working with the provincial veterinarian and trained Conservation officer staff, Ms. Schwartz will be able to follow a plan of care that will see her and Bimbo continue to live together.”
In an interview with B.C's Westerly News, Schwartz said, "I have no plans of releasing her, no way. I don't care if they charge me, I don't care if we have to go to jail, I'm going to keep her. I've had her for 10 years. She's my baby and I just can't let her go."