The director of a Fort Madison animal shelter says an escaped dog was found decapitated near the shelter grounds.
PAW Animal Shelter manager Sandy Brown said one of its dogs went missing earlier this week. An employee found the decapitated dog while walking another dog from the shelter.
The dog managed to escape by climbing a fence in the shelter's outdoor area.
"It was found in an area where someone thought they wouldn't find this dog," she said. "Sadly we think our dog was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Brown stressed that the breed of dog was not a "bully breed" such as a pit bull or a Rottweiler.
The sheriff's office was notified. Brown said there is a $500 reward for anyone with information that leads to a conviction.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation.