- Kansas, USA -
On the morning of Wednesday, March 3, the Parsons Police Department received a call about a dog who had been shot in the 1400 block of South 12th Street.
The witness told police that the shooter left in a white SUV right after shooting the furbaby.
Responding officers met with the witnesses on the crime scene and were able to collect video evidence.
Police later identified the shooter as 28-year-old JORDAN THOMPSON.
The victim is a 4-year-old Miniature Schnauzer named Zues.
Reportedly, THOMPSON was not in any way provoked or attacked by Zues.
According to the PPD press release, footage of the incident shows that “the shooter appeared to go to a nearby vehicle after seeing the dog, retrieves a pistol and then stalks his way over to Zues.”
According to police, the footage shows that THOMPSON “takes careful and deliberate aim and fires a shot striking the animal in the hip and leg area.”
After being shot, Zues ran injured and bleeding to the southwest.
Thankfully, Sgt. Waylon Kepley was able to track Zues’ blood trail and found Zues laying in the front yard of a residence in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue.
Zues was still alive but was suffering from shock.
Animal control were called in and Zues was taken to the Parsons Animal Hospital for emergency care.
A couple of hours after the shooting, A/Commander Kyle Wiford located THOMPSON at his place of employment and advised him of his Miranda Rights.
According to Wiford, “There was probable cause to arrest Thompson based on the witnesses, video evidence, Thompson's statements and the wounds to the victim dog. I shake my head with this kind of an inhumane act being committed by a human.”
THOMPSON was taken into custody for felony cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor count of criminal discharge of a firearm in city limits.
The firearm used to shoot Zues was collected as well as a second firearm that THOMPSON had on him when he was arrested.
THOMPSON told police he had shot Zues because he bared his teeth at him, but he did corroborate that Zues did not attack him.
Charges will be presented to the Labette County Attorney's Office for review and charging.
Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said he spoke with Veterinarian Eva Dudek who performed stabilizing surgery on the Zues’ hip and leg.
She said Zues had lost “considerable blood” but the quick intervention of the officers involved saved his life.
Doctor Dudek also said Zues is being transferred to Kansas State University where he is scheduled for extensive surgery in the hopes that his hind leg can be saved.
She estimates that surgery could easily cost the family $4,000 and said: “I'm hoping that we can help the family establish a Go Fund Me Account to assist them with cost of surgery.”
I have found a fundraiser organized by Karen Kelley for Zues’ medical expenses.
If you can afford to donate, please click here. Thank you!
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