Po­lice ex­e­cute search war­rant

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - Su­san­nah Bryan

Po­lice of­fi­cers searched a house in Hol­ly­wood Tues­day, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a pit bull named Ol­lie found trapped in a suit­case after be­ing stabbed more than 50 times.

De­tec­tives ex­e­cuted a search war­rant in the 1900 block of Lee Street, not far from where the dog was found Oct. 10, his paw stick­ing out of the suit­case. They spent sev­eral hours search­ing the house, but made no ar­rests, said po­lice spokes­woman Mi­randa Gross­man.

An­i­mal lovers world­wide were out­raged by Ol­lie’s tragic story, at first of­fer­ing to adopt him and later do­nat­ing $65,000 in re­ward money to help find his killer.

Ol­lie was treated by vets at VCA Hol­ly­wood An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, where his care­tak­ers said they had high hopes he would sur­vive. But he died two days later.

The an­i­mal hos­pi­tal sent his body to a state lab for a necropsy. His re­mains were then in­cin­er­ated and taken to a land­fill in Osce­ola County – stan­dard pro­ce­dure for the state lab.

Po­lice say they did not need a necropsy, but the an­i­mal hos­pi­tal or­dered one to help bol­ster the case, said Dr. Ni­cole Pat­ter­son, who helped treat Ol­lie. Pat­ter­son said the necropsy re­port re­vealed no sur­prises.

“He went into shock as a re­sult of all of his wounds,” she told the Sun Sen­tinel. “He was a re­ally tough dog and he hung in there for as long as he could. It was just too much for his body to han­dle.”

News that Ol­lie had wound up in a land­fill prompted out­rage from the an­i­mal com­mu­nity, with many fu­ri­ous he wasn’t given a more ap­pro­pri­ate fi­nal rest­ing place.

Rose­marie Cot­ton, an an­i­mal lover from Alabama, said she was so up­set she wanted to drive to Cen­tral Florida to re­trieve the ashes. “This broke my heart that he went to a land­fill.”

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