Arundel man won't face charges for keeping deer


Anne Arundel County prosecutors will drop charges against a Pasadena man, Allen Anderson, accused of illegally holding 14 wild deer at his home, Kristin Riggin, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office, said yesterday.

Natural Resources police this fall conducted raids for captive deer this fall at the homes of Anderson, Charles Vernon of Severn, and Butch and Laura Perry, also of Severn.

On Wednesday, District Judge J. Michael Wachs dismissed three counts against Vernon, who was charged with owning three pet deer. No charges were filed against the Perrys.

The state Department of Natural Resources said a total of 18 deer were seized, euthanized and tested for chronic wasting disease. The fatal condition, which is similar to mad cow disease, affects the brain and spinal cords of deer and elk. DNR officials have said that captive deer pose a higher threat for disease than wild deer. No live test for the disease exists.

"A sufficient penalty had already been enacted. Prosecution was not warranted," Riggin said of Assistant State's Attorney Michael R. Cogan's move to ask for a dismissal.

Riggin said the same rationale is involved in regard to Anderson's case.

Anderson was unavailable for comment yesterday.

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