A Howell, New Jersey resident, Maria Vaccarella, took in two baby squirrels after a squirrel mother abandoned the babies on her property this summer.
She wasn’t looking to take them in but did it as an act of kindness. What else could she do but give them tender loving care? She fed them every two hours and became a bit of an expert.
“Every two-hour feedings,” she told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. “That’s what I did, I saved their lives.”
Babies George and Lola were loved by the Vaccarella family and the goal was to eventually return them to the wild.
Before that happened, two officers were at her door.
“Fish and Wildlife, they said ‘We saw a picture on Facebook’ and asked, ‘Do you have squirrels?’” she said. “I said, ‘Yes I have squirrels, yes I do. Would you like to come in and see them? All they said is, ‘I cannot keep the squirrels — fine by me!”
She said she was happy that George and Lola would now be rehabilitated by professionals. She breathed a sign of relief and thought it was over. Within a short time, however, she had a summons in the mail for breaking the law!
She was harboring wild animals!
“So I go to court and the judge tells me it’s up to $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail,” Vacarella said. “What is this world coming to? We teach our children to be kind and compassionate and then we end up in the court system.” I don’t know if this is federal or state law or both but to use it in this way is criminal.
The National Wildlife Foundation and others have offered to pay for her lawyer and court costs when she returns to court on January 27th.
Mrs. Vaccarella posted this to her Facebook page – All that can come to Freehold municipal January 27 @8:00am please do! Thank you
How in the world could you not help these little creatures?