Ollie, a dog found stabbed at least 50 times last month was finally laid to rest. But, the 2-year old pit bull didn’t get the burial he deserved. Instead, his ashes were unceremoniously dumped in a Florida landfill.
Dog lovers around the world watched, waited, and prayed for Ollie, a 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.
Rescuers found the pit bull after a good Samaritan discovered the suitcase and the gruesome scene inside. Ollie was rushed to VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for treatment, where he underwent multiple surgeries for his unimaginable wounds.
Sadly, despite efforts of veterinarians and donations upwards of $100,000 from supporters across the state and around the world, Ollie succumbed to his injuries, taking his final breath on October 12.
Upon his passing, a Miami pet cemetery reportedly offered to give Ollie a proper burial at their cemetery and memorial site, where he could be visited and remembered by supporters. However, Fort Lauderdale’s Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, that had collected more than $100,000 in donations and offered to find him a home if he recovered, was said to have declined the pet cemetery’s offer because it would mean burying the dog outside of Broward County where he was found and treated.
Because of the nature of his injuries and an ongoing investigation into the abuse, Ollie’s body was sent to a state laboratory in Kissimmee, a city outside of Orlando, for a necropsy.
His remains were then cremated and taken to a landfill in Osceola County as part of standard procedure, said Aaron Keller, spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The rescue denies rejecting any offer from a Miami cemetery and say that, although they paid for his necropsy, they were not consulted regarding his remains. They say they had planned his final resting place to be at south Florida’s Pet Loss Center.
Hollywood, Florida police are continuing to investigate Ollie’s torture and death as part of an ongoing animal cruelty case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4411 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).
Of the $100,000 collected by Grateful Paws Rescue, $60,000 was designated as reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction of his abuser.