A Howell woman has been issued a $500 summons and faces a potential sentence of six months in jail because she took in two newborn squirrels that had been abandoned by their mother, according to a reports by ABC News in New York and Philadelphia.
Posted by Maria Vaccarella on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Maria Vaccarella came to the aid of a squirrel that had fallen out of a tree last year and then gave birth to two infants. Vaccarella left the babies outdoors in cage for a day and then took them in when the mother failed to return. She named the baby squirrels George and Lola and bottle nursed them for four months after a registered wildlife rehabilitator refused to take them, she said.
Vacarella shared photos and videos of the growing a squirrels on her facebook feed, which led to a visit from Fish and Wildlife officials who took the babies and sent her a summons that indicated a $500 fine. During her first appearance in Freehold Township Municipal Court, the Judge told Vacarells that the fine could be $1000 and a six month jail sentence was possible.
Vacarella is due back in court on January 27.