Dead deer removed from elderly woman’s yard after 3 days

(Photo: WKRN)

JOELTON, Tenn. (WKRN) – For three days, a dead deer had been in 80-year-old Dorithy Drew’s yard.

“Oh it’s been there since Wednesday and I’ve called everybody, they’re doing nothing,” Drew explained to News 2.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Her house sits in Joelton on Valley View Road. It’s close to the Davidson County line but in Cheatham County.

The smell is present even before reaching Drew’s house. She said sometimes you could smell the animal from inside.

“It’s getting worse. If we had not have had the cool morning and nights, it would have been real good.”

Drew said she is fed up with making calls.

“I called the Sheriff’s department first and they told me that was not their job. He gave me another number to call, so I called it. They said they didn’t know when they could get to me,” said Drew.

She said she then called the Cheatham County Highway Department, but didn’t get an answer.

Since Drew couldn’t get a hold of everyone, the crew on this story gave it a shot.

Every organization that News 2 spoke with pointed the blame to another. Total numbers called? Seven.

The sheriff’s department said their crew is off and usually too busy. Animal Control and Emergency Management said it’s not their job. Public Works told said the house is not in their area and the Cheatham County Highway Department is closed on Fridays.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“It is supposed to be part of my taxes, but they don’t do anything for anybody that lives up here. We are too close to the county line.”

For Drew, it’s not just the smell, it’s about her health.

“It’s not helping me at all, because well, like I say, I got a big hunk of lung missing from cancer,” she explained.

However, the story has a happy ending. Around 5 p.m. Friday, the Cheatham County Highway Department told News 2 they were heading to the house to remove the deer.

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