Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests
By Mike Perleberg
Jason Miller and Rachael Blankenship. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.
(Moores Hill, Ind.) – A Moores Hill couple is facing charges for illegally selling raccoons, skunks and fish out of their home.
This past June, Indiana Conservation Officers learned of the wild animal sales by Rachael Blankenship, 18, and Jason Miller, 27.
Serving a search warrant at the couple’s home at a mobile home park along State Road 350 in Moores Hill on July 1, conservation officers found four wild skunks and two wild raccoons. They also observed a large aquarium containing several black bass that had been caught out of Hogan Creek, however, the fish were smaller than the 12-inch requirement to keep.
“Blankenship also admitted that she sold three of the skunks for $10 each to (a conservation officer by email),” investigators stated in a court affidavit.
Blankenship had also showed the conservation officers the baby bottle she used to feed the juvenile wild animals. She allegedly showed the officers a recipe that she had found on the internet for bottle feeding the animals.
The animals were seized and turned over to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Officers say they also found various pills and paraphernalia including a glass marijuana pipe during the home search. Two small children were in the home at the time, according to the affidavit.
Miller is charged with Possession of Skunk (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of Raccoon (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of Black Bass (Class C misdemeanor), Illegal Sale of Wildlife (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Level 6 felony), Possession of a Legend Drug (Level 6 felony), Possession of Paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor), and Taking Juvenile to Location Used for Drug Sale, Manufacture, or Possession (Class A misdemeanor).
Blankenship faces charges including Possession of Skunk (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of Raccoon (Class C misdemeanor), Illegal Sale of Wildlife (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of Paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor), and Taking Juvenile to Location Used for Drug Sale, Manufacture, or Possession (Class A misdemeanor).
They were each arrested Monday and remain held in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.
heres the deal , number 1, you have to have special license to sell "exotic" animals!! number 2 you cannot take and animal out of the wild and bring it home as a pet. its illegal! number 3, when selling "exotic pets" you need a license number and paperwork to give to the buyer so the buyer can register it with the wildlife divison and show he/she purchased it for a breeder and did not go to a park and take it. Its illegal all the around plain and simple. That's why theres wildlife officers to enforce these rules.. j/s
@tinkjanet I agree, but at the same time as I said before must be proven guilty in a court of law. Until then you have to assume that they did not do it
@knowitall55 @tinkjanet I understand the court of law thing:) wasn't debating that issue , just bringing up some facts...as I read another post and was kinda commenting on it ... I didn't say they were guilty ...just saying what folks need to do in order to sell "exotics" legally...:)
I have heard everything now. Who gets charged with possession of a skunk? only in Dearborn County Indiana. I am still laughing.
@couldawouldashoulda To me sounds like you have found them guilty on all chargers already. Guess it is a good thing that you are not the jury for them. I thought the legal system said you were innocent until proven guilty. They are charged with these crimes and have not been found guilty. Maybe you should stop and think what you say before posting. If you don't have all the facts how can you really make that decision. Even though it said she admitted to one crime, have you never ever heard of an officer making false statements. That is why we have a legal system in place.
Seriously it wasnt his fault and you just need to back off and stop commenting. He doesnt do that and he is recovering im tired of people like you wanting to start crap when it doesnt even concern u
All the animals belong to the State, which uses them to make money (and create criminals where they are none). It's government over reach, big time!
I just don't know who would buy a skunk. I just don't get it. My neighbor had a raccoon as a pet but realized quickly that was selfish and not to mention they are mean. So I have this Question. I know people who trap.and stuff animals. why is this legal? or is it? When these bob cats start populating I can see people wanting to have one stuffed.
Couldawouldashoulda stop talking crap about jason atleast he was taking care of them and sold them to people who cared for them and you do know he was in a scooter wreck right before this right hes still in recovery i bet you feel like a lowlife now he isnt going to make stupidest mugshut but you make biggest lowlife good job and jason hang in there everything will get better
I think what most of you have forgotten about this article is...... They sold the animals! Finding a box turtle on the road and letting your kids play with it for a few days and then releasing it is one thing. But finding one and then selling them out of your backyard is totally different. Its like having a knockoff handbag and selling knockoff handbags out of your trunk. Needless to say whether you've nursed a wild animal back to health or not, they all belong in the wild at the end of the day. And this is one of the jobs a conservation officer is supposed to do.
@couldawouldashoulda My grandfather had a pet raccoon..this was down in Ages Kentucky, he found it abandoned when it was itty bitty. From the stories I was told it would walk on a leash like a dog and everything. But this was forever ago (since he was technically my great grandpa but since my grandparents adopted me really young...yeah haha). Now I just can't see anyone having any of the above as a pet. And since they were hiding they had these animals from authorities you know that skunks couldn't have been de-scented. o.O
@couldawouldashoulda I do not understand how one person can be so full of their self to make statements about someone when they have no ideal of the injuries that he has. I am surprised at you. This young man guilty or not guilty has had brain surgery and just wonder what you would look like 2 weeks after your brain surgery. Oh wait never mind don't think they would find one.
LOL You have got to be kidding me! Possession of a Skunk, Raccoon and Fish. At least they were taking care of them and not abusing them. As for the other...that was just a stumble on I'm sure. This is not news worthy.