Malnourished, injured dog found inside box in Little Haiti

Veterinarians were forced to euthanize a severely malnourished and injured dog that was found last week inside a box in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said on Thursday.

PETA activists said the dog was found Nov. 30 inside a cardboard box at the intersection of Northeast 57th Street and Miami Place.

The woman who found the dog initially thought he was dead, but activists said the dog was suffering from severe encephalitis and brain damage. The dog also had multiple severe lacerations around its neck and chest, which were infected.

Veterinarians who examined the dog determined that he had been neglected for some time before he was apparently attacked.

Activists said a white pickup truck that was seen near the intersection where the dog was found might be connected to the case.

The Miami Police Department is investigating, but no arrests have been made.

“Someone left this dog wounded, infected, malnourished and dying in a cardboard box on the side of the road,” PETA vice president Colleen O’Brien said in a statement. “PETA is calling on anyone who recognizes this dog to come forward immediately so that whoever left him for dead can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for injuring the dog.

Anyone with information that can help detectives is asked to call the Miami Police Department at 305-579-6111 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Ollie the pit bull’s killer believes in animal sacrifices, detectives say

The man who Hollywood Police Department detectives believe beat, stabbed and trapped a pit bull named Ollie inside a blue suitcase was behind bars Wednesday. 

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police officers said he had claimed to practice voodoo and believed it was his religious right to kill a duck if he wanted to.

In his apartment, Hollywood detectives found an 8-pointed star on a kitchen wall. There was a shrine with candles. and pieces of the Crime Stoppers’ flyer showing a picture of Ollie.

“We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he didn’t make it,” Acting Chief Chris O’Brien said in a statement. “However, due to our investigation, we are no able to provide justice for Ollie.”

Animal activists recognized Evan Wednesday night. They had been searching for evidence of reports that he had been sacrificing kittens. They used social media to distribute his photo anonymously earlier this year. 

Miranda Grossman, a spokeswoman for the department, said detectives searched Evans’ apartment at 1935 Lee St., on Nov. 14.  It was about a month after a couple saw a dog’s paw was sticking out from the suitcase and called police.  

Officers rushed Ollie to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, where veterinarians learned he had been stabbed more than 50 times.   Animal lovers from all over the world pulled together to help Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue to raise funds to help Ollie survive the vicious attack.

When Ollie died at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital two days later,  animal lovers were waiting for justice in the case. Linda Ream, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said Ollie remained friendly and sweet until his last day. 

“When he died, there were tears,” Ream said. 

Detectives linked Evans’ DNA to the suitcase where Ollie was found Oct. 10. Evans, who had a history of domestic violence, had been on probation for a bank robbery in Hernando County and detectives linked his fingerprints to a residential burglary. 

“He was taken into custody for the burglary and violation of probation,” Grossman said.  

 After detectives found evidence linking him to the crime, Evans was charged in the animal cruelty case while in custody. He remained at Broward County Jail Wednesday night. 

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Dog found badly injured in Hollywood used to live at home searched by police, neighbors say

A dog that was found badly injured inside of a suitcase last month and that later died used to a live at a home in Hollywood that authorities searched on Tuesday, neighbors told Local 10 News.

Hollywood police haven’t disclosed what led them to the home in the 1900 block of Lee Street, but neighbors said the pit bull named Ollie used to live there.

People in the neighborhood said they have constant reminders of what happened in October, when Ollie was found stabbed more than 50 times and stuffed inside of a suitcase, left to die.

Veterinarians did what they could, but Ollie died from his injuries on Oct. 12, just two days after he was found.

“Anybody who could do that, could to that to anybody,” neighbor Caprice Manos said. 

Manos lives across the street from the abandoned home where Ollie was found.

“I was outside raking leaves in the yard. It was my day off from work, and I heard something, like a very loud squeal from a dog. It sounded like a dog got hit by a car —  so loud that you knew something was wrong,” Manos said. 

Manos said she looked across the street, but didn’t see anything. She said the sound eventually stopped, but once she heard about Ollie, she reported it to police.

Since Ollie was found, signs have been put up all around the neighborhood as detectives look for answers in the investigation. 

Investigators followed a lead to the home on Tuesday, where they executed a search warrant.

Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol knocked on the door to the home, but no one answered.

Police said no one has been arrested in the case.

Animal lovers around the world have been raising money for a reward to help catch whoever killed Ollie. The reward is up to $65,000 as of Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

 

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Meatballs with fishhooks planted at Ormond Beach dog park, deputies say

Authorities are investigating after raw meat with fishhooks was left at the dog park inside Bicentennial Park in Ormond Beach, according to deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the park Tuesday afternoon after a park-goer said another woman’s dog was eating one of the balls of raw meat. The dog was taken to Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital with two meatballs and fishhooks were found inside them, deputies said. Animal hospital staff examined the meat brought in with the dog and found several small fishhooks. After an X-Ray veterinarians determined that the dog did not eat any of the fishhooks, according to the report.

A total of five raw meatballs were found near the east fence line of the small dog section of the park. Several small fishhooks were found inside the meat found by deputies, according to the incident report.

No one at the park saw who left the meat, according to the report. There are no cameras at the park.

Deputies said the meat appeared to be “sweating” like it was frozen and thawing in the sun for awhile. The meat consisted of minced paste, like liverwurst, according to the report.

Volusia County Parks and Recreation employees closed the park until they could search the area for more contaminated meat. 

Another incident happened at the same park two years ago where ibuprofen pills were found inside meat in the small dog park area, deputies said. Ibuprofen can be toxic for dogs.

At  a public meeting Tuesday, deputies said that citizens expressed disagreement over the expansion of the dog park.

Parks and Recreation is looking into having security cameras installed, according to the report.

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Meatballs with fishhooks planted at Ormond Beach dog park, deputies say

Authorities are investigating after raw meat with fishhooks was left at the dog park inside Bicentennial Park in Ormond Beach, according to deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the park Tuesday afternoon after a park-goer said another woman’s dog was eating one of the balls of raw meat. The dog was taken to Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital with two meatballs and fishhooks were found inside them, deputies said. Animal hospital staff examined the meat brought in with the dog and found several small fishhooks. After an X-Ray veterinarians determined that the dog did not eat any of the fishhooks, according to the report.

A total of five raw meatballs were found near the east fence line of the small dog section of the park. Several small fishhooks were found inside the meat found by deputies, according to the incident report.

No one at the park saw who left the meat, according to the report. There are no cameras at the park.

Deputies said the meat appeared to be “sweating” like it was frozen and thawing in the sun for awhile. The meat consisted of minced paste, like liverwurst, according to the report.

Volusia County Parks and Recreation employees closed the park until they could search the area for more contaminated meat. 

Another incident happened at the same park two years ago where ibuprofen pills were found inside meat in the small dog park area, deputies said. Ibuprofen can be toxic for dogs.

At  a public meeting Tuesday, deputies said that citizens expressed disagreement over the expansion of the dog park.

Parks and Recreation is looking into having security cameras installed, according to the report.

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Dog survives attack by 3 bears at Big Cypress Indian Reservation

Mary Jane, a 3-year-old American pit bull terrier, survived an attack by three bears in Big Cypress, according to veterinarians at the intensive care unit of the Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where she remained Saturday.

Mary Jane was walking outside Friday at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation when she took off running to protect the woman she was with from the threat of the bears, according to James Judge, a spokesman for LVS.

Mary Jane was first treated for deep puncture wounds that were covering most of her body at the Lakeside Animal Hospital in Plantation and then referred to LVS in Fort Lauderdale for further treatment. 

“While we consider Mary Jane to be lucky and think her prognosis is good, we are still cautious,” said Ashley Villatoro, a veterinarian at LVS.  

The veterinarians were administering fluids, providing pain medication and antibiotics Saturday. Villatoro said she was very concerned about air in the chest cavity, which she believes is due to the wounds and trauma. 

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