Hollywood, FL - An arrest has been made in the cruel death of a dog that was beaten, stabbed over 50 times, and left to die in a suitcase.
Brendan Evans, age 31, was arrested by Hollywood police officers on Nov. 15 on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty for the death of Ollie the pit bull, according to WSVN.
On October 10, the Hollywood Police Department received a 911 call reporting an abandoned suitcase at 1945 Lee Street, according to the Miami Herald.
When police arrived, they saw a paw sticking out of the suitcase, and found Ollie inside. He was rushed to a vet but died days later.
His case made national news, and over $30,000 was raised for his medical expenses. His real name is not known, and he was given the name Ollie after he was rescued.
Evans was linked to Ollie's death after his DNA was found on the suitcase.
Police executed a search warrant on Evans' residence and found multiple dead animals, including several dead rats with various body parts removed.
Cats' paws were also found, and there was blood splatter on the apartment's walls, blood in the bathroom, and what appeared to be fur in the oven. One of Ollie's teeth was found in Evans' wallet.
Religion may be an excuse used by Evans, who told Fort Lauderdale police in February that he wanted to kill a duck because he practiced voodoo, and it was his religious right.
When police searched his apartment, they discovered an eight-point star painted on a kitchen wall and a shrine with candles, which included pieces of Crimestoppers flyers about Ollie's death.
Dr. Nicole Patterson, the veterinarian who treated Ollie at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, said the animal cruelty Ollie suffered was "probably one of the worst abuse cases" she had ever seen, according to NBC Miami .
In a statement, HPD Acting Police Chief Chris O'Brien said:
"We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city. Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking. We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately, he didn't make it. However, due to our investigation, we are now able to provide justice for Ollie."
Evans' previous criminal history includes a domestic battery arrest in 2012 by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for a bank robbery in Hernando County.
His fingerprints were linked to a residential burglary in Hollywood. Evans was also charged with that burglary, and a violation of his probation.