When police officers responded to a report of a suitcase left behind an abandoned building in Hollywood early Tuesday morning they found a troubling clue — a paw sticking out.
What they soon learned was even more troubling. A pit bull had been badly beaten, stabbed and shoved inside a blue suitcase before being left at 1945 Lee St.
Detectives are now trying to find out who is behind the abuse.
“This is a horrible case of animal cruelty,” said Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman. “It’s disturbing and our detectives really want to find out who did this.”
Officers, who responded at about 1 a.m., quickly brought the dog — later named Ollie — to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for treatment. Ollie, bloodied from deep wounds to his head and most of his body, was still wagging his tail when he arrived, said Linda Ream, the communications coordinator for the animal hospital.
“He is just the sweetest dog,” she said, adding that Ollie was in surgery Tuesday afternoon to get a better idea of how deep his head wounds were. “This is a very resilient breed.”
While Ollie was wearing a collar, he did not have a tag or chip, police said.
Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, a nonprofit rescue organization, is now trying to raise money for the dog’s care and find him a home. On Tuesday, Jan Milbyer, president of the organization, created a GoFundMe account for Ollie.
“You look at this picture and you wonder who could do such a thing?” she said. “What kind of beast could do this?”
Milbyer said Ollie looks like he will recover, and they are already looking for a foster and forever home.
“We need to make sure that this dog is never exposed to anyone that could hurt him again,” she said.
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).