State environmental officials are investigating after someone left a dead harp seal outside the front of a Providence home.
Police said they were called to 19 Evergreen St. at about 10 a.m. after receiving a report of an animal complaint.
When police arrived, they found the dead carcass of a juvenile harp seal that was found alongside the curb. Along with it was a sign that read, "Free Seal: Needs a good home, naps a lot."
The man who filed the complaint told police when he came home at about 11 p.m. Sunday, the seal was not there and that it must have been put there overnight.
Police said the seal carcass was transported to Mystic Aquarium for further investigation.
Aquarium officials say the seal was reported dead on a beach and then later moved. They said moving a marine mammal is a federal crime.
Aquarium officials say a necropsy may be performed Tuesday.