In Hollywood, Florida, police are reported to be searching a home on the 1900 block of Lee Street on Tuesday in connection with Ollie – the tortured dog found stuffed in a suitcase.
The pit bull was discovered behind an abandoned building on October 10 along Lee Street. Kristen Bagarozza and her boyfriend spotted a dog’s paw sticking out of a blue hard textured suitcase. Ollie, the young pup had been left for dead. When discovered he was rushed to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. Tragically he died a few days later.
Ollie had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside the suitcase. 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.
According to CbsMiamiNews, crime scene tape has been placed around a triplex, and officers could be seen pulling items out of the back apartment and placing them on a table under a blue tarp. Neighbors say all of this is related to Ollie. The investigation may be related to information being given to authorities motivated by the huge reward. Posters had been placed all over the neighborhood.
After Ollie’s death, a Miami pet cemetery offered to give Ollie a proper burial, however the rescue group, Grateful Paws rejected the offer stating the location was outside of Broward County. According to the Miami Herald, after a necropsy of the dog’s body was performed at a state laboratory in Kissimmee, Ollie’s remains were cremated and his ashes were taken to a landfill in Osceola County as part of standard practice.
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