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Dog with slashed throat found hanging in closet of ransacked Florida home

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A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., woman is mourning the violent death of her beloved dog, who was found hanging in a bedroom closet, reported Tuesday's Sun-Sentinel.

The bloodied body of 69-year-old Elaine Vasquez's dachshund, Papi, was found hanging from a nylon strap on Jan. 21; the dog's throat had been slashed and a frightening warning was left behind by whoever killed the dog.

Scratched into the wood around the front door were the dire words "YOU NEXT."

Whoever broke into Vasquez's residence smashed the glass from a patio door, killed the dog and ransacked the interior of the home.

Papi had been a constant companion to Elaine's now deceased husband, Erwin, who passed away in 2010.

Family friends told the Sun-Sentinel:

"We were all moved because we knew how much Papi meant to Elaine. He was Erwin's dog, and her connection to him."

Elaine is known to be a philanthropist who makes charitable contributions through the Erwin and Elaine Vasquez Family Foundation...why she was the target of this violent, disturbing crime is a mystery.

Unfortunately, the police do not currently have any suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact: Detective Michael Benson at 954-828-6561.

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