A Florida man, a self-proclaimed “voodoo priest” found to have several dead animals and animal body parts inside his home, was arrested and charged in the brutal abuse, torture, and ultimate death of Ollie, the pit bull found stabbed at least 50 times before being stuffed into a suitcase and left to die last October.
“We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city,” Hollywood, Florida’s acting Police Chief Chris O’Brien said in a statement. “Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking. We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he didn’t make it.
“However, due to our investigation, we are now able to provide justice for Ollie,” O’Brien said.
Brendan Evans, 31, of Hollywood, Florida was arrested November 22 after DNA evidence found on the suitcase where Ollie was found led police to his home. While executing a search warrant of Evans’ apartment, police discovered multiple dead animals, including several dismembered rats and cat paws. Police noted blood spatter on the walls of the apartment and in a bedroom, and reported finding what appeared to be animal fur in the oven, jars of animal urine and unidentified organs in the freezer.
In addition, police found knives and a machete with dried animal blood and an 8-pointed star and candlelit shrine with torn pieces of the Crimestoppers flyer about Ollie’s death along with handwritten note that read, “Make the entire pit bull investigation go away. Return all curses placed on Brendan to their sender. Give Brendan peace of mind.”
Police also found one of Ollie’s teeth inside Evans’ wallet.
Last February, a Fort Lauderdale officer spotted Evans trying to kick a duck and her ducklings. When questioned, Evans told the officer he wanted to kill the ducks because he practices voodoo, police said.
And, in June, Evans purchased two kittens through a Delray Beach Craigslist ad. The kitten seller called police to express concerns when Evans contacted her a few days later requesting more kittens.
Evans was never charged or arrested in connection with prior accusations of animal abuse against him. But, the animal abuser does have a lengthy criminal record including arrests ranging from felony drug possession, DUI, domestic violence, and was serving 15 years probation following a 2015 bank robbery in Brooksville, Florida when he was arrested in connection with Ollie’s mutilation and death. Fingerprints taken during the November 14th search of his apartment also linked him to a residential burglary earlier this year.
Dog lovers around the world watched, waited, and prayed for Ollie, the pit bull found brutally beaten and stabbed at least 50-times before being shoved into a suitcase and abandoned behind a building in south Florida. A good Samaritan discovered the suitcase and the gruesome scene inside and immediately called police. Ollie was rushed to VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for treatment, where he underwent multiple surgeries for his unimaginable wounds.
Sadly, despite efforts of veterinarians, Ollie succumbed to his injuries, taking his final breath on October 12. Despite his horrific injuries, Ollie remained sweet, trusting, and friendly during the two days he spent at the animal hospital, and his tail never stopped wagging, his caretakers said.
Evans was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a third-degree felony in Florida. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.