Members of a Florida family are searching for their dog’s killer after they found their Pomeranian beaten to death with a note on the body, reports Miami news station WPLG.
Fox, a Pomeranian, was 13 years old. His family had owned him since 2008.
Verline Barthelemy told Local 10 News she let Fox out of the house Friday while she was cooking but couldn’t find him a few minutes later.
Saturday, Barthelemy’s boyfriend found the 13-year-old dog’s body on the back porch, along with a note that read, “We beat it 2 death. LOL! Hahaha!”
“My boyfriend texted me that picture and, it’s like, I just saw brown, so I was like, ‘Oh good, he found him,'” Barthelemy told Local 10. “But then I saw the note, and when I read it, it was just horrible, horrifying. I just started crying, like, I can’t even talk about it. It hurts.”
Barthelemy called police and took Fox’s body to a veterinarian, who confirmed the dog likely died from being repeatedly kicked. X-rays showed Fox had a dislocated spine, broken ribs and a broken jaw, among other injuries.
A photo provided by the family showed the dog’s body and the note that was found on Fox.
“What disturbs me the most is that somebody apparently thought this was humorous and took joy and pleasure in presenting the dog like this,” St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital Dr. Ron Ridge told Local 10.
Barthelemy has posted fliers around her Pembroke Pines, Florida, community asking for information to help police make an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 954-431-2200.