The proprietor of a Chinese language restaurant in Louisiana is dealing with potential jail time after a noticed fawn was present in a cooler contained in the eatery, authorities stated.
Somchanh Chanthapanya, 61, of Winnsboro, was cited for possession of a noticed fawn after a Franklin Parish sheriff’s deputy discovered the animal throughout a safety examine on the Golden Hen restaurant in Winnsboro.
“The deputy found an open door and proceeded inside to clear the constructing when he discovered a lifeless noticed fawn within the cooler,” the Louisiana Division of Wildlife and Fisheries stated in a information launch Wednesday.
State wildlife brokers had been dispatched and located Chanthapanya — the proprietor of the restaurant — later at his dwelling, the place he was butchering the fawn.
Chanthapanya instructed the brokers he discovered the animal lifeless on the facet of Freeway 17 and took the roadkill to his restaurant, the place he saved it in his cooler. Chanthapanya stated he took the fawn to his home after studying that the deputy might have seen the lifeless animal in his cooler, wildlife officers stated.
Possession of a noticed fawn is punishable by fines as much as $750 and between 15 and 30 days in jail.
Chanthapanya couldn’t be reached for remark early Thursday, however his spouse instructed the Occasions-Picayune that he discovered the lifeless animal alongside the freeway and didn’t notice taking it was unlawful.
This text initially appeared on the New York Submit.