A Florida family is morning the loss of their dog today after finding it brutally beaten to death on their doorstep with a note claiming responsibility. Their dog, a Pomeranian named Fox, was killed last week just outside of their apartment building in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Now the owners seek justice and search for the killer before they escalate.
The little dog was found curled up in a ball by a neighbour sitting outside of its home. At first, they thought it was sleeping, but was horrified to find it dead with a note on top. The paper featured a smiley face and a bone-chilling message that stated, "We beat it 2 death lol hahaha."
The owners are now offering a $3,000 reward for information on Fox's killer via the Broward Country anonymous crime stoppers tip line. According to his family, Fox went missing last Friday and was returned dead on Saturday morning. Owner Verline Bartheleny hopes that by the time the first blow hit that it was over to spare her pup the severe beating that followed. She also went onto stress in a statement that this person needs to be caught again before they can escalate, stating, "If someone could do that to a dog, just imagine what it could escalate to."
Unfortunately, she has the right of it. There have been numerous studies that mark the connection between animal abuse and violent crimes committed to people later in life. Today, it is even considered one of the early markers for potential psychopaths, sociopaths and serial killers. A three-year study conducted by the Chicago Police Department found a "startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims." The study, conducted from 2001 to 2004, found that 65% of those who had been arrested for crimes against animals had also been arrested for battery against a human.