A Florida man who claimed to be a voodoo priest was charged on Wednesday with animal cruelty aggravated in the beating and mutilation of a pit bull whose condition caused a national protest.
Brendan Evans, 31, faces up to five years in prison and a $ 10,000 fine if convicted.
The pit bull, named Ollie, was found inside a blue suitcase in an alley on October 10 after the officers followed the sound of his screams. He had been stabbed more than 50 times.
PIT BULL DIES AFTER BEING CHOPPED 50 TIMES, LEFT BY DEATH IN THE SUITCASE
Ollie died in an animal hospital two days after his discovery. His story led to adoption offers across the country, and a GoFundMe page created for him raised about $ 40,000 before his death. [Ollie
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"Detectives and Hollywood officers have seen and investigated cases of animal cruelty before, but none as horrible as what we have seen in the case of Ollie," said the police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman.  "We will not tolerate any form of cruelty or animal violence in our city," Hollywood interim police chief Chris O & # 39; Brien said in a statement. "Every reported case of animal cruelty, whether it is physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking – we were all looking for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he did not.
" However, due to our research , now we can bring justice to Ollie, "said O & # 39; Brien.
According to a police report, officers who searched Evans' apartment on November 14 discovered several mutilated rats in the freezer, along with two legs of Cat, knives covered with dried blood and animal skins Officials also discovered an eight-pointed star, as well as a candle-lit altar that included parts of a flyer about Ollie's death.
They also found notes , one of which said: "Make the complete investigation of the pit bull disappear. placed in Brendan to its issuer. Give peace to Brendan. While agents searched his apartment, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that Evans posted a Facebook message claiming to be a voodoo priest.
DNA picked up from the suitcase where Ollie was found was compatible with Evans and WSVN reported that the officers found one of the pit bull's teeth in the suspect's wallet.
Sun-Sentinel reported that Evans was arrested by Broward County sheriff's deputies in 2012 on domestic battery charges and that he is currently on probation for a 2015 bank robbery in Hernando County. WSVN reported that Evans' fingerprints also linked him to a residential burglary in Hollywood.
The newspaper also reported that a Fort Lauderdale police officer saw Evans trying to kick a duck and his ducklings. When asked, Evans said he wanted to kill the ducks because he practices voodoo. Police said Evans also bought two kittens last June from a person in Delray Beach who called police when Evans called a few days later to ask them to buy more kittens.
Evans neighbors expressed relief at his capture, and one told WSVN: "He could have graduated and been promoted, you know, so I'm glad they captured him."
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