Family Fights to Keep Pet Deer

Lilly the deer's owners say she is just like the family dog.
1:57 | 06/04/13

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Switch gears, a story that could spark debate. They raised her for five year, not a cat or dog, it's a deer and abc's gio benitez has more on the controversy from michigan. Reporter: You're looking at lily the deer hanging out in a living room and playing outside with the family dogs. She's just like a big brown dog. I mean no problem at all. Reporter: Her owners say she is part of the family but this morning, the owners who don't want to be named say they are in a legal battle to keep lily at home. It all started five years ago, the deer's pregnant mother was hit by a car right outside this genesee county home and police were called as her mother laid dying, she gave birth to lily. I asked the officer if it would be a problem to try to save her. He said go ahead. She won't last 15 minutes but give it a try. Five years later she's a member of our family and we love her to pieces. Reporter: Now after a neighbor's friend complained about lily, the michigan department of natural resources says lily has got to go citing a law that says it is illegal to possess a live wild animal including deer in michigan. It would be like taking a child away. We thought we were helping her. Saving her life and we did. Reporter: The department says keeping deer in a house is dangerous. That the animal could become violent. But now the owners worry that lily will have to be put down because she's never lived in the wild. There's exceptions to the rules, I mean sometimes love should be enough. Reporter: Love the family is ready to fight for with a lawyer on lily's side. Gio benitez, abc news, new york. The cat is not bothered. Lard spreading out over here. As always, lara wants to adopt everything. Is that wrong? Not at all. Coming after you. And then you'll do a story on

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