PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A reward of up to $15,000 is now being offered for information leading to an arrest after a Pembroke Pines family's dog was found beaten to death with a note on the pet's body.
Pembroke Pines police had previously said the Animal Legal Defense Fund was offering $5,000 to find Foxx's killer. That amount has now increased to $12,000 in addition to the $3,000 already being offered by Broward County Crime Stoppers.
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 Pomeranian 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!"
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.
Police called it the worst case of animal abuse the city has ever seen.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
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