Dog beaten, left for dead in a suitcase
Hollywood police detectives are still trying to find the person who killed Ollie the pit bull, and they are hoping money will make people talk.
The reward is up to nearly $35,000.
On Thursday, police said they were still searching for the person or people who stabbed the dog more than 50 times, shoved him in a blue suitcase and left him near an abandoned building.
“This is one of the worst animal abuse cases we have seen and it makes you wonder what else this criminal is capable of,” said Miranda Grossman, a spokeswoman for Hollywood police.
Grossman said detectives working the case have been “tracking down leads and tips given by the public, reviewing any surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses, canvassing the neighborhood and speaking to residents.”
The suitcase is also being processed.
Ollie was found early in the morning on Oct. 10 after Hollywood police were called to a report of a suitcase behind a building at 1945 Lee St. Officers spotted a paw and heard the dog’s cries coming from a blue suitcase.
Ollie, who was named by his rescuers, was taken to VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for treatment. After two days, Ollie died.
Support for the dog came in from everywhere — donations, prayers and even teddy bears. A GoFundMe page raised more than $40,000.
After Ollie died, the focus has been on finding his killer.
Grossman said donations have been made to Crime Stoppers and the reward for information that leads to an arrest has been upped to $34,800.
“We hope the increase in reward will increase the chances of someone coming forward,” she said.