A police officer’s puppy was viciously murdered in what appears to have been a planned attack.
The killing happened in early December when an off-duty police officer with the Parsons Police Department in Kansas found her three-month-old German Shepard, Ranger, shot and beheaded. Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said that all the evidence indicates the crime had been planned against the officer specifically.
“She left her purebred German shepherd in a fenced backyard with water, food, outbuilding, and it was an unseasonably beautiful day here in Parsons, about 73 degrees outside,” Spinks said.
“She went to lay down, caught some shut-eye, woke up, went outside and she found the carcass of her beautiful little puppy, the head had been severed, the head has not yet been recovered. And also we found the muzzle of the animal.”
The police chief also believes there was more than one perpetrator who gained entry into the officer’s house to deliberately leave the puppy’s body there.
“In my 41 years as a police officer, this is obviously a very dark, evil, heinous crime,” Spinks continued. “Not only because of the animal cruelty, which is a felony in Kansas, but also because it’s obvious that our officer was targeted. Her patrol car was parked in the driveway. The suspect or suspects knew, saw this was an officer’s residence.”
The reward for information leading to the suspects has increased from $1,000 to $4,000 with donations from local residents.
A representative from the Parsons Police Department said they are investigating 4 persons of interest as of Wednesday afternoon. No arrests have been made.
“This is one of the reasons why we believe this is a very serious crime,” Spinks continued. “Not just when you look at it as an attack against the defenseless animal but also a targeted attack against law enforcement.”