On Thanksgiving morning, the man accused of torturing “Ollie” the dog in Hollywood, Florida stood in front of Judge Betsey Benson who ordered his bond set at $100,000 due to the seriousness of the crime. Brendan Evans, 31, has been accused of causing the violent abuse and torture of a pit bull found in a blue suitcase.
According to the Sun Sentinel, private attorney Sarah Anne Mourer, representing Evans, was not surprised at the high bail set, although an aggravated animal cruelty charge is a third degree felony and bond can be set between $5,000 and $50,000. Evans was arrested on Wednesday. Ollie the dog, had been discovered on October 10, in an alley; he had been stuffed in a blue suitcase – only his paw stuck out. The dog was barely alive, but veterinarians had hoped to save his life.
The dog suffered from more than 50 stab wounds. He had severe lacerations to the top of his head as well as his body and had been wearing a red collar. The cruelty inflicted upon this dog sent shivers through the country. A reward had been offered just shy of $60,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for such a heinous deed. More than $100,000 in donations had been raised for Ollie; Grateful Paws collected $40,000 to help pay his medical bills.
Hollywood Police spokesperson stated Ollie’s case was one of the most horrific cases of animal cruelty officers had ever seen. Despite the best veterinary care, the love and encouragement volunteers and well-wishers around the world offered, Ollie succumbed to his injuries two days later.
When authorities arrived at Evans’ home and confronted him with the DNA evidence about Ollie as well as the discovery of mutilated animals with blood symbols scrawled on the walls, Evans allegedly told police he had the right to torture the animals because he had been practicing voodoo and considered himself a voodoo priest.
(Photos of the man accused of torturing Ollie via screenshot of booking photo)
Evans has previous convictions not related to this arrest.
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Video of bond hearing: