The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for— fatally beating a Pomeranian and bragging about the horrific killing.

The Case: Local officials report the dog, named Fox, had broken ribs, a broken back and teeth, injuries consistent with being kicked or beaten to death. His body was found on August 8 with an unnerving note that read, “We beat it 2 death lol hahaha.”

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“It takes an especially depraved person to beat an innocent dog to death and then brag about it,” said Kate MacFall, the HSUS’ Florida state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will help bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: Pembroke Pines Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 954-493-TIPS.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The National Sheriffs’ Association and the HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.

The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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