A Florida man who claimed to be a voodoo priest was charged Wednesday with exacerbated animal brutality in the fatal beating and mutilation of a pit bull whose condition caused their own nationals outcry.
Brendan Evans, 31, faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 penalty if convicted.
The pit bull, named Ollie, was procured stuffed inside a blue suitcase in an alley Oct. 10 after policemen followed the audio of his weeps. He had been stabbed more than 50 times.
Ollie succumbed at an animal hospital two days after he was determined. His tale led to adoption offers from around the country, and a GoFundMe page set up for him raised about $40,000 before his death.
“Hollywood sleuths and officers have watched and investigated animal brutality cases before, but none as horrific as what we’ve seen in the case of Ollie, ” said police spokesperson Miranda Grossman.
“We will not tolerate any form of animal brutality or violence in our city, ” Hollywood Acting Police Chief Chris O’Brien said in a statement. “Each reported suit of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or forget, 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.
According to a police report, the staff members who searched Evans’ apartment Nov. 14 detected several mutilated rats in the freezer, along with two cat paws, knives covered with dried blood and animal fur. Officers also detected an eight-pointed starring as well as a candlelit shrine that included pieces of a flyer about Ollie’s death.
They also received notes, one of which read, “Make the entire cavity policeman investigation go away. Return all curses placed on Brendan to their sender. Give Brendan peace of mind.” As policemen searched his apartment, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported, Evans posted a message on Facebook claiming to be a voodoo priest.
DNA taken from the suitcase where Ollie was find was a match for Evans and WSVN reported policemen found one of the cavity bull’s teeth in the suspect’s wallet.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that Evans was arrested by Broward County sheriff’s deputies in 2012 on domestic battery charges and are now under probation for a 2015 bank theft in Hernando County. WSVN reported that Evans’ fingerprints also link him to a residential burglary in Hollywood.
The paper also reported that a Fort Lauderdale police officer spotted Evans attempting to kick a duck and her ducklings. When questioned, Evans said he wanted to kill the ducks because he practises voodoo. Police said Evans also bought two kittens this past June from a person in Delray Beach who called police when Evans called back a few weeks later requesting to buy more kittens.
Neighbors of Evans expressed relief at his capture, with one telling WSVN, “He could have graduated and moved up, you know, so I’m just glad that they get him.”
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