The dog and the doe, which lives at the historic cemetery, had been constant companions in recent weeks. Cemetery officials and volunteers said it appeared the two misfits had developed a bond.
But while the deer can survive the winter, there was concern that the dog would not.
Ella was by the trap when the team from the shelter came to retrieve the dog.
“Ella was standing right by the van when the dog departed, looking kind of forlorn,” said John Weilert, president of the Elmwood Cemetery Society.
Ella was born at Elmwood Cemetery around Memorial Day 2011 and then lost her mother to traffic. She has become a mascot for the cemetery at Truman Road and Van Brunt Boulevard, showing up at weddings and funerals and tagging along on tours…“Am I sorry they found each other? Absolutely not! I believe they became friends to teach us a lesson, however we each might interpret it.”