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An adult doe ended up with her face stuck in a coffee can in Mill Valley. As she crashed into fences and parked cars, she dented the can, which caused it to fit more tightly around her face. Neighbors attempted to help, but couldn’t corral her. Enter Southern Marin Fire District. “There is no such thing as a routine call. SMFD responded to what started out as a possible vehicle accident and resulted in a deer with its head stuck in a can,” the department posted on Facebook. Animal services officer Erica Lilly of Marin Humane joined the crew and used a control pole (a long rod with a cable loop at the end to put around the animal’s neck) to restrict the doe’s movement while firefighters removed the can. Unfortunately, before the animal ran off, she kicked Lilly and bruised her hand. Ouch! We hope that heals quickly. Thanks to the neighbors, the Southern Marin Fire District and Marin Humane for helping to free the deer.

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I stepped in dog poop today. Frankly, I’m surprised I don’t step in it every day. It’s all over. Parks, beaches, next to sidewalks. Once a couple of people don’t clean up after their dogs in a particular spot, others start to leave their pooches’ poops in the same area, like it’s a contagious behavior. My poop, or rather the poop on the bottom of my sneakers, came from a trail where you’ll find enough feces to fertilize a baseball field. The biggest offenders walk dogs for a living and frequent the trails where their charges can run free. Though Marin County allows six dogs per walker, three on-leash and three off, scofflaws exceed the limits. I’m barely able to keep track of my one crazy pup while he bounds about off-leash, so how can someone monitor the movements of several dogs? If the dog walkers won’t pick up the waste willingly, then c’mon, Marin: cut down the number of dogs or force all six to remain leashed.

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