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Saginaw furniture store reopens after deer crashes through window

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Oh deer, this was embarrassing. 

Saginaw County Animal Control officers said a spooked deer caused quite a bit of damage Thursday after it crashed through the front window of a local furniture store. 

It happened about 7:30 a.m. at Godwin's Furniture located on the 6000 block of State Street.

"The deer ran through the entire store and ended up confining itself to the warehouse area," said Rob White, store manager.

Animal control officers said they were called to the scene to help with the situation. They were able to corral the deer into a back warehouse where they shut off all the lights to let the animal calm down.

"Our concern was to safeguard the animal in a dark location so that it could not do anymore damage to itself, the store or anyone inside the store. We contacted DNR officers who responded quickly," Saginaw County Animal Control Director Lisa Stoffel said.

Michigan DNR officers were then called in to tranquilize the deer. 

The animal had cuts to its chest and leg from jumping through the glass window. Unfortunately, they had to euthanize it, officials said. 

The general manager at Godwin's said the deer caused "significant" damage to the 31,000-square foot facility.

"There's blood everywhere, broken glass pieces. Obviously the window is damaged. It really made a mess of the entire store," White said.

The store was able to reopen Friday morning.  Early estimates place the amount of damage caused by the deer about $50,000.

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