The Hollywood, Florida man accused of torturing and stabbing a young pit bull named Ollie has been charged with 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty on Friday – 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.
The Sun Sentinel reports the suspect, Brendan Evans remains in custody at the Broward County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. His attorney, Sarah Anne Mourer, has not commented on Assistant State Attorney Alex Urruela’s decision to charge Evans with multiple counts of cruelty in the egregious case of torture and suffering the young dog endured. A necrospy of the dog revealed 16 deep stab wounds in addition to nearly 35 superficial wounds.
Ollie was discovered on October 10, behind an abandoned home on Lee Steet – 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.
After an investigation and a search of Evans’ apartment almost one month after Ollie’s death, shocking information was released by police describing the discovery of two severed cat paws and mutilated rats left in the freezer. Authorities also found an 18-inch machete and knives covered in blood. Evans has professed to being a voodoo priest – practicing an Afro-Caribbean religion that uses animals as sacrifices.
Evans has a history of other unrelated crimes and had been on probation for a 2015 burglary. In addition, his fingerprints were linked to an August burglary which means he “can be classified as a habitual violent felony offender” doubling the animal cruelty offense from five years to ten if found guilty.
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