Police Officer’s Puppy Abducted and Beheaded in ‘Targeted’ Anti-Cop Attack
$4000 reward to find culprit
In an upsetting incident of animal cruelty, authorities say a suspect abducted and beheaded a 3-month-old puppy in what they believe was a targeted anti-police attack.
The Parsons Police Department in Kansas suspects that the criminal stole the dog belonging to a law enforcement agent and abused the animal as a "sick payback."
Fox News reported:
"The officer reported last Friday that he let the German shepherd puppy – named Ranger – out into a fenced yard about 7 a.m. and found the puppy in the yard with its head severed about 2 p.m."
Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said of the incident:
"This is disgusting enough that it was done to an animal in our community, but when you add in that this appears to be a targeted attack on the home and personal property of a police officer, this makes it nothing more than a hate crime."
The Parsons Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward to find the culprit.
The puppy was shot and beheaded in what is believed to be a targeted attack on the police officer.
"I cannot even describe my feelings of disdain for the person(s) responsible," Spinks said in a statement.
"I am an avid dog lover as I have made it clear to the community over the years that I have been here; I have two rescue dogs, one that I adopted from our local shelter.
"The level of cowardice that would lead someone to kill a little puppy named 'Ranger' is astonishing."
"It appears that Ranger was removed from the backyard by the suspects and taken to another location where he was probably shot in the head," a police statement said.
"Its head was then sliced off."
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"If someone is willing to mutilate an innocent puppy due to the very nature of the owner's career, then it is possible that the suspect is willing to go even farther and attack innocent children or family members to make a statement," the police statement added.
Parsons Police Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd added:
"Our officers are attacked, hit, kicked, bit, scratched, called every name in the book and even spit on, as a part of our job, but this kind of senseless attack on a puppy at the home of an officer can't be tolerated."
Police initially offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but that now has increased to $4,000 after residents added donations.