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3rd dog killed in less than a year in Parsons

PARSONS, Kan. – Parsons police are investigating the killing of a third dog in the same area in less than a year. A fourth dog was shot and survived.

The Parsons Police Department says on December 29, 2021, a juvenile found a dog dead, wrapped up in a blanket. They found the animal next to a small bridge near Felix and 17th Street.

Authorities say the dog’s name was “Drako” and found it went missing from the 1300 block of S. 13th Street.

“Drako” is the third reported dog killed in less than a year in the same area of the city. “Bleu” was shot and killed and “Ranger” was brutally killed. A fourth dog, “Zeus”, was shot but survived. The reward for “Ranger’s” killer has been updated to $34,000.00.

“This is very frustrating for everyone involved. Officers want closure to these cases as bad as the general public. We have been and will continue to ask the public for support and information leading to the arrest of person or persons who are committing these crimes. It is really a shocking development that the $30,000.00 offered has not loosened any tongues. That is what leads us to believe that it is one person acting alone,” according to Police Chief Robert Spinks.

Dog Killings: “Drako” Investigation

On December 29, 2021, Parsons Police Officers went to the small bridge near Felix and 17th Street. They found a dog wrapped up in a blanket tied around the body. They took the dog to the Parsons Pet Hospital for an autopsy to determine the method of death.

“Under normal circumstance there would not be an autopsy done on a dog that was found deceased but due to the nature of the disposal and the area of town in which it went missing it was important to find out if the dog was murdered before being disposed of,” stated the Parsons Police Department.

Police found the animal went missing from the 1300 block of S. 13th Street.

The autopsy report stated there was severe trauma to the underside of the dog’s abdomen. The autopsy also found trauma around the neck from the choke chain that was still on the animal.

“The Dr. completing the report stated that it would have consistent with the dog being strangled and beaten, causing the death. All trauma was consistent with a human killing the animal and was not consistent with and animal attack nor vehicle strike,” states the Police Department.

Suspects

The Parsons Police Department is interviewing persons of interest as the investigations continue. Authorities say these folks are also being offered polygraph tests to help eliminate them as potential suspects along with alibi confirmation.

“Not all individuals are voluntarily cooperating,” says the department. “Based on multiple factors, it is possible that one individual who harbors an abnormal psychopathy that can use animal cruelty as a gateway to more violent behavior, according to ‘Animal Cruelty as a Gateway Crime’ published by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

“Any suspicious individuals lurking in vehicles or on foot should be reported to the police department,” says Acting Commander Kyle Wiford.

Police are still investigating. They encourage residents to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, they ask that you please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

Dog Safety

Police encourage residents in the southeast area of Parsons to not let their dogs roam at large. “Residents in the southeast area of Parsons are encouraged not to let their dogs roam at large. When animals are left even in a fenced yard they should be watched. Installing Ring, Blink or other home CCTV devices are encouraged as a general crime prevention measure.”

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