REMEMBERING OLLIE

The purpose of this page is to honor Ollie's memory and to share any updates that come in on his unsolved case.  Ollie was with us for far too short of a time, and his story touched hearts all around the world.  That is the gleam of hope in all of this horror, that so many came together to rally for him, and hopefully a lead, arrest and conviction will come out of the reward that is being offered.  We will continue to make updates as information becomes available.
Accused Ollie Killer goes to court

#JusticeForOllie trial moved, again. New trial date: MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020

From Sun Sentinel - Man faces July trial in dog’s death

By Susannah Bryan
HOLLYWOOD — A pit bull named Ollie was stabbed more than 50 times and crammed inside a suitcase, then left to die.
The man accused of the crime, a personal trainer named Brendan Evans, will go to trial July 6 — nearly three years after a couple found Ollie whimpering inside the suitcase in October 2017. An earlier trial date of Jan. 13 was delayed partly because Evans, 33, has a new attorney.

High-profile attorney David Bogenshutz was hired in June after attorney Sarah Anne Mourer was removed from the case.

Police who searched Evans’ Hollywood apartment found cat paws and rats with severed heads in his freezer. Blood stains covered a shower curtain and toilet in the bathroom. The oven was covered with dried blood and animal fur. Officers also found an 18-inch machete under the TV stand, another knife covered with blood and fur on a dresser and a third knife with a broken handle and blade in a dog bowl.

There was also a handwritten note saying: “Make the entire pit bull investigation go away. Return all curses placed on Brendan to their sender. Give Brendan peace of mind.”

Bogenshutz said he plans to argue that certain evidence collected by police should not be presented to a jury at trial. That hearing has been set for April 28.

Evans has been charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty, one for allegedly trapping Ollie inside the suitcase and 16 for each of the deep stab wounds inflicted on the dog’s head and torso.

Ollie was rescued after a couple passing by heard a dog’s cries coming from a blue suitcase and called police. Evans was linked to the crime after police found his DNA on the suitcase.

Hundreds of outraged dog lovers the world over offered to adopt Ollie, then donated nearly $60,000 in reward money to help find his attacker when he died two days after being rescued.

As Evans’ attorney, Mourer made several requests for delays, arguing the public hysteria needed to die down to ensure her client a fair trial.

Animal activists are still calling for justice for Ollie through posts on social media and letters to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

Susan Rosemarin, an animal activist from Pompano Beach, says the case still haunts her and so many others all these years later.

“We saw this dog, after being so terribly brutalized and left to just suffer and die a horrible death, wagging his tail and displaying affection toward his caregivers at the hospital,” she said. “We saw this dog’s soul after what he went through and how forgiving he was toward humans. That’s a light that will never dim.”

Dozens of animal activists have vowed to attend the trial.

“I think it’s died down as much as it will,” Rosemarin said of the public furor. “Too many people care about this case. Ollie’s case is not going to die down anymore at this point.”

Susannah Bryan at sbryan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4554

 

When the actual court date is determined, it will be a matter of public record:  https://www.browardclerk.org/ (under case search).

AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE...
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving...And the most wonderful news that the Hollywood Police have made an arrest!  Please see the links below...

HONORING OLLIE

Grateful Paws hosted a memorial tribute on Sunday December 10, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood located at 1530 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020.


It was a beautiful turn out.  Please enjoy the photos below.


Animal abuse has been thrust to the forefront and has become a major topic and focus for those of us who wish to see a change in laws regarding

animal cruelty and/or abuse.

Thank you one and all, for the outpouring of love and concern. We know we are not alone in our gratitude, especially to those at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital and the Hollywood Police Department who made this case a priority.


Ollie was surrounded by loving and caring people when his spirit left his body. This young pit bull had nothing but kisses and wags for humans, even though

it was a human who had inflicted such horrific damage to his physical body.


Through Ollie's ordeal, he brought together tens of thousands of loving, kind, generous people, who donated more than $70,000 to the reward and $40,000 toward Ollie‘s care and other animals in need.

May we all live up to Ollie's example of love and forgiveness.

We would like to thank you once again for caring and for keeping Ollie in your thoughts and prayers.


Email: info@gratefulpaws.org

COMMENT FROM GRATEFUL PAWS:

UPDATE 11/10/17

WOW –

We are blown away at the kind words of support in defense of Grateful Paws and we’d just like to say THANK YOU!

The positive and heartwarming comments were very much appreciated.

 

BTW: We wanted to let you know the Pet Loss Center/Pet Heaven in Miami has withdrawn their offer to sponsor a memorial service for OLLIE –

So we are back to square one in the planning… We were aiming for Sunday, December 10th – but we are still working on a location and details.

 

So please keep checking Ollie's page here on this website.

 

Thanks again…




We are as sickened as you are about OLLIE’s final resting place…
We learned when you did, what may have happened to his ashes. The Lab has not returned our call and we are still awaiting confirmation.


In all fairness, I would like to clarify what was reported in the Sun Sentinel. Unfortunately, by running with a story before all the facts were found and before speaking with a Grateful Paws representative, there have been many negative comments in response to this article. Please know, the article posted today is a revised version from what was posted yesterday evening.


Ollie was part of an active criminal investigation, and in an attempt to strengthen the case against his killer when caught and placed on trial, it was recommended that Ollie have a necropsy performed at the State Lab in Kissimmee. Grateful Paws offered to be financially responsible for those expenses.


In our many years of rescue, we’ve never been in a situation where a necropsy was required and admittedly, did not know the State’s procedures. At the time, it was mentioned that his physical body would likely not be returned but the actual end-disposition of Ollie was never discussed. We were all still in shock at his sudden passing so the thought never occurred to check. It all happened so quickly. In 48 hours, his abuse and story went viral ~~and we were trying to respond to more than 600 emails and 250+ phone calls. I take full responsibility.


Had I thought to do the research, I would have seen this: State of Florida Dept. of Agriculture website under Necropsy. "We are not a research institution; therefore, carcasses are not used for any purpose except diagnosis. The laboratory is unable to return your animals body, ashes, tissues, collars, toys, bed or cooler following a necropsy. Private cremations cannot be performed by the laboratory".


The other misrepresented fact indicated Grateful Paws refused an offer to have Ollie buried outside of Broward County.


Grateful Paws was contacted by Nadia Barkett from Pet Loss Center/Pet Heaven. We were elated when they offered to provide a free Memorial Service for Ollie, but we declined to have the Memorial in Sweetwater (SW Dade County), a considerable driving distance from Hollywood. General opinion of those who wanted to be involved in the planning of the service agreed that a location in Broward would be better tended. We politely declined a “service” not a burial. Grateful Paws NEVER refused to have him buried at Pet Heaven.


But to those who think HUMANS FAILED OLLIE AGAIN… No we did not.


He died with thousands of people praying for him and surrounded by people who loved him.


He died in loving hands – not in a suitcase on Lee Street in Hollywood, FL.


His SPIRIT is with all of us


His abuse brought more awareness than any other dog ever has


His combined reward is likely the largest EVER in an abuse care
and Ollie will forever remain in all our hearts.


And through the generosity of people like you, we are advised the COMBINED REWARDS between Peta & Crime Stoppers has exceeded $70,000.


I apologize for any misunderstanding or confusion – and for being remiss in not checking into all the facts beforehand. As I said, we are awaiting a call from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding Ollie’s ashes~~~ and if there is a way we can retrieve his cremains, we will try.


We would like to thank you for your continued support with regard to Ollie and the continued awareness and abuse of all animals.


Jan Milbyer

Founder

Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue

Email: info@gratefulpaws.org

www.gratefulpaws.org




We are as sickened as you are about OLLIE’s final resting place…
We learned when you did, what may have happened to his ashes. The Lab has not returned our call and we are still awaiting confirmation.


In all fairness, I would like to clarify what was reported in the Sun Sentinel. Unfortunately, by running with a story before all the facts were found and before speaking with a Grateful Paws representative, there have been many negative comments in response to this article. Please know, the article posted today is a revised version from what was posted yesterday evening.


Ollie was part of an active criminal investigation, and in an attempt to strengthen the case against his killer when caught and placed on trial, it was recommended that Ollie have a necropsy performed at the State Lab in Kissimmee. Grateful Paws offered to be financially responsible for those expenses.


In our many years of rescue, we’ve never been in a situation where a necropsy was required and admittedly, did not know the State’s procedures. At the time, it was mentioned that his physical body would likely not be returned but the actual end-disposition of Ollie was never discussed. We were all still in shock at his sudden passing so the thought never occurred to check. It all happened so quickly. In 48 hours, his abuse and story went viral ~~and we were trying to respond to more than 600 emails and 250+ phone calls. I take full responsibility.


Had I thought to do the research, I would have seen this: State of Florida Dept. of Agriculture website under Necropsy. "We are not a research institution; therefore, carcasses are not used for any purpose except diagnosis. The laboratory is unable to return your animals body, ashes, tissues, collars, toys, bed or cooler following a necropsy. Private cremations cannot be performed by the laboratory".


The other misrepresented fact indicated Grateful Paws refused an offer to have Ollie buried outside of Broward County.


Grateful Paws was contacted by Nadia Barkett from Pet Loss Center/Pet Heaven. We were elated when they offered to provide a free Memorial Service for Ollie, but we declined to have the Memorial in Sweetwater (SW Dade County), a considerable driving distance from Hollywood. General opinion of those who wanted to be involved in the planning of the service agreed that a location in Broward would be better tended. We politely declined a “service” not a burial. Grateful Paws NEVER refused to have him buried at Pet Heaven.


Pet Heaven has been actively working on a site for the Memorial Service, at a Broward County park or similar location, but availability and permitting has been the cause for delay. At this moment, we are aiming for December 12, 2017 in Broward County – details to follow as soon as they are finalized. http://www.gratefulpaws.org/ollie.html


But to those who think HUMANS FAILED OLLIE AGAIN… No we did not.


He died with thousands of people praying for him and surrounded by people who loved him.


He died in loving hands – not in a suitcase on Lee Street in Hollywood, FL.


His SPIRIT is with all of us


His abuse brought more awareness than any other dog ever has


His combined reward is likely the largest EVER in an abuse care
and Ollie will forever remain in all our hearts.


And through the generosity of people like you, we are advised the COMBINED REWARDS between Peta & Crime Stoppers has exceeded $70,000.


I apologize for any misunderstanding or confusion – and for being remiss in not checking into all the facts beforehand. As I said, we are awaiting a call from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding Ollie’s ashes~~~ and if there is a way we can retrieve his cremains, we will try.


We would like to thank you for your continued support with regard to Ollie and the continued awareness and abuse of all animals.


Jan Milbyer

Founder

Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue

Email: info@gratefulpaws.org

www.gratefulpaws.org


LOVING WORDS OF SUPPORT

We want to thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and support.  The work that we do is very rewarding and sometimes heartbreaking.  Ollie's attack and subsequent passing was in incredible dissapointment.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and downtrodden when you see the horrors that a human being is capable of inflicting, but the outpouring of love and support that came in for Ollie just goes to prove there if far more GOOD in the world than evil.  We wanted to share some of those touching notes that we received.



Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that was attempted to save Ollie...I pray they find who did this, I will never ever understand how humans can be so cruel...that is a perfect way to use the left over monies...again THANK YOU ALL for what you do! .....L.R.

 
Dear Grateful Paws Staff,
 
Thank you so much for the update regarding the reward and additional funds that will go towards other abused animals in need.  This is so hard to write but I want to let you know, you are all angels on earth and I am so thankful that Ollie had at least a small amount of time receiving love and care from your staff.  Ollie’s story has touched me like no other and I actually cannot stop breaking down when I think about the horrific ordeal he went through.  I think about Ollie every day and got instantly attached.  The only comfort is knowing that you guys were there for him and I’m sure he felt the hugs, kisses and pure love you all extended to him.
 
Ollie is no doubt with other beautiful animals up in heaven and he is at peace, free of pain and having fun making friends.  Thank you so much for all you do every day and especially what you did for Ollie. .....K.D.

 
Thank you for the update. Ollie's story touched me in a profound way and I am still grieving his death. I would so have liked him to have known love in his life. Hopefully, he was able to experience a little of that in his last days on earth. No living thing should have to suffer what he did.

 
It takes a very special breed of people to face the kind of horrors people are capable of on a daily basis. I don't know how you do it.
 
Thank you for the important work you do. I will keep following your updates and donate to your cause as often as possible. I sincerely pray they find this monster, because if he did it once, he'll do it again.......R.S.

 
Thank you for your update, I recognize that you folks must feel like you've been hit by a tidal wave!  However, from what I've seen I'm also sure that you see the tremendous outpouring of caring about animals that has come from literally around the world.  You do good work -- and it is greatly appreciated by so many animal lovers.  Thank you for your effort with Ollie.  Whether or not the perpetrator is ever found and penalized is very secondary -- YOU DO GOOD WORK!  I hope that the funds you have received will help you and the animals you care for.  ......J.D.


Thank you so much for your care and focus on sweet Ollie.  You are a wonderful organization and I will continue to support your efforts!!
 
God bless all of you!! .....K.M.

Please feel free to contact us at friendsofollie@gratefulpaws.org

Blessings for Ollie

The words we use and thoughts we allow into our reality are powerful. Those of us in animal rescue can be easily drained, especially by hardship and cruelty cases. By maintaining a positive outlook, we are able to assist more animals. Jonny Preston came up with an idea to honor Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue Ollie, which is going viral. Join us for a jolt of extreme positivity that will make you smile ---- a LOT!

Posted by Tina K. VaLant on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Posted by Jonny Preston on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Ollie the dog dies two days after being stabbed 50 times, trap...

Ollie the dog has died. He was found in a suitcase after being stabbed more than 50 times. Read more: http://via.wghp.com/6juyC

Posted by FOX8 on Saturday, October 14, 2017
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