Dog found dead with note worst case of animal abuse in Pembroke Pines, police say

Several offer reward money for info leading to dog's gloating killer

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Pembroke Pines police said a Pomeranian that was found beaten to death with a note on the dog's body is the worst case of animal abuse the city has ever seen.

"To be honest with you, I don't think I've ever seen a case like this in our city," a police spokesman said during a news conference Tuesday.

Verline Barthelemy told Local 10 News she let Foxx out of her home Friday while she was cooking, but she couldn't find her beloved pet a few minutes later.

The next day, 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!"

"When I read it, it was just horrible, horrifying," Barthelemy said. "I just started crying, like, I can't even talk about it. It hurts."

Police said several people have called to offer rewards for the arrest and conviction of the dog's killer.

This photo provided by the family shows the dog's body and the note that was found on Foxx.

Dr. Ron Ridge, a veterinarian at St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital, said he believes the dog likely died from being repeatedly kicked. X-rays showed Foxx had a dislocated spine, broken ribs and a broken jaw, among other injuries.

"What disturbs me the most is that somebody apparently thought this was humorous and took joy and pleasure in presenting the dog like this," Ridge said.  

Police said they believe this is an isolated incident and do not believe other people in the area are at risk.

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