PARSONS, Kan. – Parsons Police Department is offering a $4,000 award for information leading to the arrest of someone who beheaded a dog belonging to one of their officers in what the department says was a “targeted attack”.
The dog was a three-month-old black German Shepherd puppy named ‘Ranger.’ Last Friday morning after returning from working the night shift, the officer let Ranger out to her backyard around 7 a.m. . Around 2 p.m., the officer found her puppy’s remains in her backyard.
The responsible party could face felony charges of animal cruelty and criminal trespassing. It is believed that the dog was killed in a separate location and the remains were taken back to the officer’s yard.
Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks took to “Fox and Friends” to discuss the situation.
“In my 41 years as a police officer, this is obviously a very dark, evil, heinous crime. Not only because of the animal cruelty, which is a felony in Kansas, but also because it’s obvious that our officer was targeted,” Spinks said on Fox. “Her patrol car was parked in the driveway. The suspect or suspects knew, saw this was an officer’s residence.”
Someone who lives in the same neighborhood was arrested earlier this year for shooting a dog named ‘Zeus’. But the felony charges were lessened to a misdemeanor and the individual only received a fine and year of unsupervised probation.
That individual is a person of interest in both Ranger’s killing and the killing of another neighborhood dog named ‘Blue’ last month. Spinks said there is more than just one person of interest.
“I cannot even describe my feelings of disdain for the person(s) responsible. 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 2 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. I pray that we get a chance for the judicial system to prosecute this coward and bring them to justice,” said Spinks.
The reward started at $1,000 but has increased to $4,000 after a flood of donations and contributions from the community.
Anyone who has information on this crime is encouraged to call Parsons Police Department at (620)-421-7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.