FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police in Fairfield, Connecticut, are investigating the discovery of two dead skunks with a sign reading “Obama Stinks.”

One skunk had string wrapped around its neck and was nailed to a telephone pole, while the other was found at the base. The sign with the anti-Obama message was attached to the pole and also had an American flag with a hammer and sickle in place of the stars.

A woman who noticed the dead animals called Fairfield police at 8:40 Tuesday morning.

Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez said authorities aren’t sure what to make of the sign.

“Is it a direct threat? I’m not sure it’s even a veiled threat. We really don’t know what it is at this point,” Perez told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

“They wanted to present a message to others of their views and they wanted to do it in such a shocking way that it would get people’s attention. It clearly got their attention,” Chief Gary MacNamara told WCBS 880’s Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Macnamara said investigators do not interpret the incident as a direct threat against the president, but rather a crude effort to impart a political view.

However, it does seem to be clear case of animal cruelty, Silverman reported.

“In this day and age with so many people leading complex lives, it’s silly that you would have someone make such a bold statement using a defenseless animal,” Perez said.

Anyone with information that may be helpful is urged to contact police or animal control.

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