It had been an outpouring of love in October when Ollie the pit bull was discovered in a suitcase behind an abandoned building in Hollywood, Florida on October 10 along Lee Street. Police 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. The devastating news had been posted on the hospital’s Facebook page:
“All of the staff at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital are sad to confirm that Ollie the pit-bull, passed away last night at 8:30pm due to the trauma of his injuries. Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff worked for over an hour to keep Ollie with us. His body simply could not overcome the inflammation and damage to his body caused by his horrific ordeal.”
Ollie had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a 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 the dog; Grateful Paws collected $40,000 to help pay the dog’s medical bills.
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.
VCA Hospital spokesperson Linda Ream said the veterinarians knew they would not get Ollie’s remains back and stated it had been up to Grateful Paws as to the disposition of the ashes. Meanwhile, Nadia Barkett, the spokesperson for the Pet Haven Cemetery in Miami was heartbroken when she heard about Ollie’s “final resting place.”
“I don’t fee that any animal should end up in a landfill. All animals deserve respect and dignity when it comes to end of life.”
Jan Milbyer, founder of Grateful Paws, stated in her 18 years of doing animal rescue, this was one of the most horrific cases of abuse she had ever experienced. The Sun Sentinel reports that Milbyer did not realize the dog’s ashes would end up in a landfill.
Pet Heaven officials have stated they are working with Grateful Paws to present a memorial service for Ollie which will include blessings from the clergy.
According to the group’s Facebook page, Ollie’s remains were not disposed of in a landfill. No specific information, however has been posted.
“We NEVER refused anything with regard to Ollie — We were NOT consulted about his cremains – and we knew we had a resting place for him here in South Florida with the Pet Loss Center. WHO SAID his remains went to a landfill? WHERE are you getting your information?,” Jan posted on Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollywood Police at 954.967.4411 or Crimestoppers at 954.493.8477. The case is still unsolved and an animal abuser still walks free.
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