Avon Lake’s Beloved “Whitey” Found Dead

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The City of Avon Lake has lost a majestic “honorary resident.”

The large Piebald Buck that has lived in the city for approximately six years was found dead on Tuesday, Dec. 2, near one of his favorite haunts in Avon Lake. The Avon Lake Police Department, in agreement with the Mayor, has donated the Piebald Buck to Love-A-Stray Rescue.

Love-A-Stray, the local non-profit animal rescue, will have the rare Piebald Buck, fondly named Whitey, preserved so all who admired him over the years can continue to do so. The plan is to establish a fund for Whitey to cover the full-body preservation expenses, estimated between $1,600-$2,000. Funds will also be needed to facilitate and manage the exhibit. Whitey will then be shared throughout the community and neighboring communities as an educational exhibit. First stop will be the Avon Lake Public Library.

All of the city municipalities were in agreement that this is the best way to honor the magnificent Piebald Buck. Whitey had many followers, and Love-A-Stray respects the fact that he should be available for the community to view and enjoy.

Love-A-Stray is in the process of creating a Facebook page for Whitey so photos and stories can be shared, and announcements can be made on the progress of the preservation and exhibit. When the preservation is complete, a gathering will be scheduled for an official unveiling. Love-A-Stray will have a slide show created from the collection of photos submitted by local residents; this will accompany the exhibit. In addition, a plaque will be made naming the individuals and corporations who donated to the exhibit.

Love-A-Stray is in the early stages of creating the legacy of “Whitey’s World,” and they are collaborating with many knowledgeable residents, wildlife experts and city employees to make sure everything is handled properly.

Love-A-Stray will have information posted on its website, www.loveastraydog.com, including how to follow Whitey on Facebook.

A piebald deer is a deer with a genetic brown and white spotting pattern that is not caused by parasites or diseases.

If you would like to submit photos, donate or be considered for the advisory board that will be established to help manage the exhibit, please contact Connie Paine Field at lasvolunteer@yahoo.com or call 216-314-0321.

Donations can be mailed to Love-A-Stray, PO Box 125, Avon Lake Oh 44012. Please earmark your donation for “Whitey.”


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