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A 'Dillie' of a deer is Ohio family's house pet

By Sandy Sand     Dec 15, 2009 in Lifestyle
Dillie the deer is five years old now, but when she was brought to an Ohio veterinarian her after being abandoned by her mother, she was near death.
Dillie the deer is as much at home living with Dr. Melanie Butera and Steve Heathman in Canal Fulton, Ohio, as their dog and two cats are.
She‘s "like my daughter and son," said Butera, a veterinarian who saved Dillie’s life after a local farmer brought her to Buteras for care at 3 a.m.
Dillie had no problem adjusting to life “in the tame.”
“She pretty much runs the household. Everything revolves around her," Butera said.
Described as “another member of the family,” Dillie enjoys eating pasta, ice cream, drinking from coffee cups within her reach and an occasional dip in the pool.
Dillie also has her own room with blankets to sleep on and is litter box-trained, Heathman said.
Butera and Heathman said Dillie isn’t destructive and doesn’t have any more accidents or done harm to the furniture than any pet.
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