NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 8, 2009

Dead deer in clown suit left on Iowa porch


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — You'll never see this clown in the circus.

Animal control officers in Sioux City, Iowa, say someone dressed a dead deer in a clown suit and wig and put it on a family's porch.

Officers suspect it was a prank, considering Halloween is approaching, but they say it's not funny, safe or acceptable.

The deer was discovered Wednesday morning.

Animal Control Officer Jake Appel says leaving a dead animal is immature and illegal. He says officers will dispose of the deer properly.

Sioux City police have not opened an investigation.