A pit bull that was stabbed and beaten, then shoved into a suitcase and abandoned behind a building in Hollywood earlier this week died of his injuries Thursday night, Hollywood police said.
The dog, named Ollie by his rescuers, had been recuperating from his injuries but died around 8:30 p.m., the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital said in a statement.
“Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff worked for over an hour to keep Ollie with us,” the hospital wrote. “His body simply could not overcome the inflammation and damage to his body caused by his horrific ordeal.”
Officers first found the dog — and the blue suitcase he had been shoved into — around 1 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about the abandoned luggage at 1945 Lee St. The dog was bleeding from more than 50 stab wounds to his head and body. He was taken to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for treatment, where he underwent multiple surgeries for his wounds.
Ollie, believed to be about 2 years old, was wearing a collar but did not have a tag or chip, according to police.
The dog had been expected to recover as recently as Thursday afternoon, when veterinarians were still planning a third surgery to help the animal recuperate from his extensive head wounds, said Linda Ream, the hospital’s communications coordinator.
Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, a nonprofit rescue organization, had created a fundraiser that gathered more than $40,000 for the dog’s recovery, and PETA announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. People had already started offering to adopt Ollie, said Jan Milbyer, the rescue organization’s president.
But Thursday evening, the dog’s condition deteriorated rapidly, the hospital said.
“The outpouring of love we have seen over the last few days in support of Ollie is an affirmation of the true goodness in people,” the statement added. “Detectives are still investigating the crimes committed against Ollie in the hopes that the perpetrators of this grotesque brutality will come to justice.”
Hollywood police are continuing to investigate the case as an instance of animal cruelty. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 954-967-4411 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).