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REMAINS ARE IDENTIFIED AS DEER; RITUAL DOUBTED

An animal carcass found Sunday night in North Buffalo was that of a deer and not two dogs, as officials had believed Sunday night, police said Monday. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals examined the remains, and a spokeswoman said today the animal was a deer that had probably been killed and skinned by a hunter.

The remains were found at the foot of Merrimac Street in the vicinity of satanic graffiti near a train trestle, police said.

Residents told police the graffiti had been painted several years ago, ending any speculation the deaths were part of a ritual.

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