A missing dog turned up Saturday morning with a note bragging about how he was killed.
Fox was a 13-year-old Pomeranian that went missing from his South Florida home on Friday afternoon. The dog was let out into the backyard for a walk, but never returned home.
"I was cooking, and I didn't want the food to burn, so I went out back to call him, and I didn't see him," Verline Barthelemy, the dog's owner, said.
"I called for him and I didn't hear anything," Barthelemy told the Sun Sentinel about the missing dog. "He'd always come back."
Devastated, the family searched for the dog, but found nothing.
The next morning, a neighbor found the missing dog on Barthelemy's porch with a viciously cruel note written on torn loose leaf paper.
"WE BEAT IT 2 DeatH lol! >:) HAHAHA!""I looked at the photo, and I'm like, 'Oh good! He found Fox.'" Barthelemy explained. "But then I saw the note, and it was just horrifying. I just started crying."
In an effort to find out what happed to the family's beloved dog, Barthelemy brought the dog's body to Saint Francis Animal Hospital.
Dr. Ron Ridge did and X-Ray on the dog and found that he had suffered a broken spine, a broken jaw, cracked ribs, a displaced and ruptured stomach, and punctured lungs.
"He had to have punctured lungs," explained Dr. Ridge, "because there was air all underneath the skin."
When officials from the Pembroke Pines Police Department (PPPD) suggested that the dog may have just been hit by some kind of vehicle, the vet explained that wasn't the most likely story.
"You would expect to see skinned knees, skinned elbows, other minor injuries that we saw no signs of," Dr. Ridge said.
In fact, there seemed to be no outwardly visible wound on the dog at all. The vet explained that means the most likely scenario is that the dog was kicked to death.
Barthelemy was understandably distraught to learn about the torture her furry family member had gone through.
"I'm hoping that after the first hit, he was already gone and didn't feel what came next.""Fox was like one of my kids," Barthelemy went on to say. "I've had him for a long time. It hurts."
An investigation is still going on and the PPPD is looking for any information they can get on who tortured the missing dog.
If you know or saw anything pertaining to this terrible crime, you can call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. There is the possibility of a $3,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.