Deer's body used as part of gasoline protest in Middle Tennessee

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- State and local officials are investigating a dead deer and a sign left at a Cheatham County gas station to protest high gasoline prices.

A dead pregnant deer was found at the station with a note attached that said, "Lower gas prices. Humans are taking it out on us."

Cheatham County Sheriff John Holder said the doe was tied to a post at the bottom of the gas price sign last week.

Investigators said animal cruelty charges could be filed against those responsible.

The cause of death has not been determined. The deer had trauma to the back part of its body.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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