PARSONS, Kan. (KAKE) - Police in southeast Kansas are searching for the person who beheaded an officer's puppy last week in what's believed to be a targeted attack. 

Parsons police got a call last Friday from an officer who reported that their dog had been killed in the 1400 block of South 14th Street. The department said in a Facebook post that the 3-month-old German shepherd, named Ranger, was let outside in a fenced yard at around 7 a.m. The officer found the puppy lying in the yard with its head severed at around 2 p.m.

The post said, "Officers determined that the puppy had its head sliced off with a sharpened blade at another location and then the suspects returned the body to the backyard."

"The level of cowardice that would lead someone to kill a little puppy named 'Ranger' is astonishing, said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. "I pray that we get a chance for the judicial system to prosecute this coward and bring them to justice... 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."

"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," Parsons Police Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd said. "We just can't allow this to happen as a community. The suspects clearly knew this was a law enforcement officers home."

The suspect or suspects could face felony animal cruelty and trespassing charges. The Parsons Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Parsons Police Department at (620) 421-7060, the tip line at (620) 421-7057 or email at [email protected]