The 3-month-old puppy of a Kansas police officer was beheaded in what authorities believe to be a “targeted attack” against law enforcement.
The Parsons Police Department in a press release earlier this month revealed they received a call from one of their own, who reported at the time that his German shepherd named Ranger had been murdered.
The pup was released into the backyard around 7 a.m. local time, police said. Around 2 p.m., Ranger’s owner found him lying in the yard “with its head severed.” Authorities believe the canine was shot in the head before being decapitated.
“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,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said in a statement.
“The level of cowardice that would lead someone to kill a little puppy named ‘Ranger’ is astonishing,” Spinks said.
Investigators believe the slaying was carried out at another location and the suspect returned the dog to his home after the attack.
A $1,000 reward was initially offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction, which has since ballooned to $4,000 courtesy of donations from residents.
“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,” Spinks said.