Police execute search warrant
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.”