Workers at a southeast Iowa animal shelter were horrified when they found the body of a missing shelter dog.
“That is so unnatural I think that it just took me a second to realize you know what I was looking at,” said Adam Simpson.
The dog went missing from the Paw Animal Shelter in Fort Madison earlier this week.
On Thursday, employees found the body of the decapitated dog about a block away from the shelter.
The dog’s body was found near railroad tracks but officials say it wasn’t hit by a train and it was intentionally left near the tracks.
The crime has many people in the community on edge.
“You can only kill so many rabbits, so many cats, and so many dogs and then you want to move on and then you find that these things are happening to people and children in your community,” said Sandy Brown.
Investigators haven’t released the name of the dog or its breed.