Puppy love: Hun­dreds want to adopt beaten dog

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Front Page - By Su­san­nah Bryan | Staff writer

HOL­LY­WOOD – He was stabbed 50 times, beaten and stuffed inside a suit­case — but now more than 600 peo­ple want to help Ol­lie, a pit bull mix res­cued by po­lice Tues­day.

Calls and do­na­tions are com­ing in from around the coun­try, said Jan Mil­byer, founder of the Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Res­cue that is try­ing to find a foster home for the 50-pound dog.

“The phone has been ring­ing off the hook,” she said. “I’ve got­ten calls from all over – Ge­or­gia, In­di­ana and Min­nesota.”

Ol­lie un­der­went surgery Tues­day at VCA Hol­ly­wood An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal. A sec­ond one was sched­uled Wednesday to su­ture sev­eral wounds on his back, said Dr. Ni­cole Patterson, the vet over­see­ing Ol­lie’s care. He will likely spend an­other week at the hos­pi­tal be­fore he’ll be able to go to a foster home, she said.

Ol­lie, who is thought to be be­tween one and two years old, has been a trouper through the whole or­deal, his care­tak­ers say.

“His tail hasn’t stopped wag­ging,” Mil­byer said.

A passer-by called po­lice around 1 a.m. Tues­day after hear­ing cries com­ing from a blue suit­case be­hind an aban­doned build­ing at 1945 Lee St., said Mi­randa Gross­man, spokes­woman for the Hol­ly­wood Po­lice Depart­ment. One of the dog’s paws was stick­ing out of the suit­case. “He’s lucky the po­lice got to him in time,” Patterson said.

Mil­byer set up a Go­FundMe page for Ol­lie and raised more than $25,000 in less than 24 hours.

“An­i­mal lovers can’t un­der­stand why any­one would do this. It’s a help­less an­i­mal,” she said.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in help­ing Ol­lie can email info@grate­ful­paws.org or down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion from grate­ful­paws.org.

If caught, the per­son who com­mit­ted the crime could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

De­tec­tives urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 954-967-4411 or con­tact Broward Crime Stop­pers at 954-493-TIPS or broward­crimestop­pers.org.

MIKE STOCKER/ STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Ol­lie was beaten, stabbed dozens of times, stuffed into a suit­case and tossed be­hind an aban­doned build­ing. A passer-by heard his cries and called po­lice.

MIKE STOCKER/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mike Don­ald­son holds Ol­lie at VCA Hol­ly­wood An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, where he was treated and is now re­cov­er­ing.

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