A Pomeranian named Fox ran outside of his Florida condominium to use the bathroom Friday night and never returned. The following morning, his body was found outside of the building by a neighbor with a note attached, Fox’s owner, Ronald Boisvert, told Associated Press.
The note read, “WE BEAT IT 2 DEATH lol! : ) HAHAHA!” according to the Pembroke Pines Police Department. The note was taped to the dog’s body and was written on a ripped piece of notebook paper.
At first, Boisvert thought that the note was a joke. However, doctors at Saint Francis Animal Hospital found that the dog suffered multiple fractures, Washington Post reports. Police confirmed that these injuries are “consistent with blunt force trauma.”
Dr. Ron Ridge said that the dog was likely kicked to death, according to Chicago Tribune. Fox had missing teeth, a broken back and 10 broken ribs. “If the note was indeed true, somebody really meant to kill that dog.” He added that the injuries were not angular; therefore, Fox was probably not hit with a stick.
Boisvert’s girlfriend Verline Barthelemy read from a report by the Saint Francis Emergency Animal Hospital and said that Fox’s jaw was also fractured. And the report said his stomach was “displaced.”
“I’m hoping that after the first hit, he was already gone and didn’t feel what came next,” Barthelemy added.
Fox was found covered in reddish sand that may have come from a baseball field. Boisvert said that there is a baseball field near his building.
Boisvert does not know why anyone would want to hurt his dog, but he believes that the suspects live close by. He was returned to his home, but Fox was not wearing a collar. The only way anyone would know where to return him is if one had seen the dog before.
Pembroke Pines Police are actively searching for suspects. They do not believe that any other dogs are in danger and refer to the incident as “isolated.” The family has posted flyers around the neighborhood asking for any information on Fox’s death.
Boisvert hopes that the individuals will be caught for this heinous crime that has devastated a family and animal lovers across the country. “Nobody should have to go through this,” Boisvert said.