In Hollywood, Florida, the 31-year-old man accused of stabbing “Ollie” the dog multiple times and then stuffing his dying body into a suitcase is said to be suffering from mental illness.
According to the attorney of Brendan Evans, the accused has sought treatment for his mental illness nearly a dozen times in hospitals both in Florida and Virginia. The Sun Sentinel looked back at Evans’ childhood days in Virginia where he is said to have loved the family dog and three cats. He had been described as a gifted student, athletic and coming from an affluent family. Still who knew he would become an alleged abuser of animals in the most horrific ways?
Evans is accused of having tortured a young pit bull named Ollie and has been charged with 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty – one charge for each deep stab wound and one charge for stuffing the defenseless dog in a suitcase and abandoning him behind a building in the rear of an alley. Ollie was discovered on October 10, behind an abandoned home on Lee Street – not far from where Evans lived. The dog had been stuffed into a blue hard covered suitcase – only his paw stuck out, but his heartbreaking cries of fright and pain were heard by a couple who noticed the suitcase lying in the alley while walking by. Although veterinarians had hoped the dog would survive, Ollie died two days later. His story sparked outrage across the country. A search for the heartless culprit was immediately launched by detectives with the Hollywood police.
Evans remains in custody at the Broward County Jail. When police searched his home, they found mutilated animal parts stored in the freezer, knives covered with blood and bizarre references to demons including the following:
“Make the entire pit bull investigation go away. Return all curses placed on Brendan to their sender. Give Brendan peace of mind.”
Evans’ attorney, Sarah Anne Mourer stated her client started showing symptoms of mental illness in his 20s, but no one suspected his illness was this severe. Tragically, Ollie suffered the consequences of this abhorrent cruelty.
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