An arrest has been made in the disturbing discovery of a pit bull stuffed into a suitcase.
In October, passerby Steve Rogers called 911, and said that while walking home, he and his girlfriend noticed a suitcase behind an abandoned house. When they got closer and shone a light on the case, they could see a dog’s paw sticking out.
When they arrived on scene, Hollywood officers heard an animal crying – and found a bloody dog inside the suitcase, beaten and stabbed. Veterinarians reported that Ollie’s head and body were covered with between 20 and 30 deep stab wounds.
Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue quickly took on the responsibility for the mixed breed pup, keeping watch with veterinarians at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital.
At first, veterinarians were optimistic about Ollie’s survival. Although he had swelling and some discharge from surgery, he was up and walking, even wagging his tail. According to the rescue, Ollie had fans from all over.
“People were interested in either fostering him or adopting him or both. It’s just been unbelieveable”, said Jan Milbyer with Grateful Paws.
Sadly, after a few additional surgeries, Ollie lost his battle and passed away just two days after he was found. The trauma had been simply too much for his two-year-old body to handle. A note was left on the doorstep of the abandoned home, with a handwritten message,
“We were not able to save you, but at least we can get you justice.”
Police say they used DNA from that blue suitcase to track down 31-year-old Brendan Evans. He’s been charged with aggravated animal cruelty. A reward of nearly $3500 was offered for information leading to who was responsible for this heinous act of cruelty.
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