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August 12, 2015 11:25 AM

A 13-year-old Pomeranian named Fox was discovered in South Florida Saturday – apparently beaten to death – with a note claiming responsibility.

Ronald Boisvert said his dog Fox disappeared Friday afternoon. He said he woke up Saturday to a “frantic knock” from a neighbor, who had discovered the dog’s body lying near Boisvert’s condo, with a note reading, “We beat it 2 death lol HAHAHA!”

At first, Boisvert thought the note was a sick joke, but veterinarian Dr. Ron Ridge said the dog’s wounds indicated it had been kicked to death, according to Fox News.

Fox’s injuries included 10 broken ribs, missing teeth and a broken back. “If the note was indeed true, somebody really meant to kill that dog,” Ridge said. “To be hit with a stick you’d have angular injuries. The injuries were on the flat side of the body.”

He added that the damage done to the dog was inconsistent with death by car accident: “You would expect to see skinned knees, skinned elbows, other minor injuries that we saw no signs of.”

Fox was coated in red-colored sand, like the sand of a baseball field, and Boisvert said there’s a field near his condo. He believes whoever killed the dog hails from the area, because Fox was not wearing a collar but was returned to his home. “The only way you would know is if you’d seen him before.”

Boisvert’s family has posted flyers asking for anyone with information to come forward, and Broward County Crime Stoppers are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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