In Hollywood, Florida, the dog who has garnered support from across the country after he was found stuffed in a blue suitcase with his paw sticking out behind an abandoned building has died.
Ollie, the one-year-old pit bull, died Thursday evening at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. The devastating news has 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.
The outpouring of love we have seen over the last few days in support of Ollie is an affirmation of the true goodness in people. Detectives are still investigating the crimes committed against Ollie in the hopes that the perpetrators of this grotesque brutality will come to justice.
We share in the mourning of this sweet and innocent animal that gave only love, even in the darkest moments.”
The medical staff performed CPR for about an hour when Ollie began to show signs of distress. Dr. Nicole Patterson, the vet at VCA stated the dog’s injuries were just too traumatic for him to recover, although the medical staff had remained optimistic until Thursday evening when his condition quickly went downhill.
The dog had been stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase. Ollie underwent surgery Tuesday. He had another operation on Wednesday to suture several wounds on his back.
“Thank you everyone who have responded and reacted to the wonderful media coverage about this horrific incident. We’ve received more than 400 emails and 75-80 phone calls asking for an update, wanting to foster/adopt or how to donate. We have reached and more than exceeded our goal for his vet care. So thank you all,” posted Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue who stepped up to care for the dog after authorities reached out for help.
Anyone with information about who is responsible is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954.967.4411 or Broward County Crimestoppers at 954.493.TIPS. The responsible person(s) could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty of felony animal cruelty. PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who hurt Ollie.
Rest in peace Ollie.
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