Severely injured pit bull found in suitcase in rear of abandoned building in Hollywood

Dog stabbed, beaten, veterinarian says

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Andrew Perez - Reporter, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A severely injured pit bull was found early Tuesday inside a suitcase in the rear of an abandoned building in Hollywood, authorities said.

Hollywood police said officers were called to 1945 Lee St. about 1 a.m. and found a dog's paw sticking out of a suitcase.

Officers heard the dog cry and opened the suitcase to find a pit bull with severe lacerations on the top of his head and body.

"I think to any decent human being, when they see the pictures of Ollie the pit bull, it would disturb and shock anyone to the core," Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said. 

The dog, which has been named Ollie, was taken to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital.

A veterinarian at the animal hospital determined that Ollie had been stabbed and beaten.

"He has pretty deep wounds on his chest and also on his head," Dr. Nicole Patterson said.

Despite the injuries, Patterson said Ollie appears to be in good spirits.

"He's happy," she said. "He's still wagging his tail."

Patterson said they repaired wounds to the dog's head on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, they repaired wounds to his chest and side. 

Authorities said Ollie did not have a chip and was wearing a collar with no tag.

Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue is looking for a foster home for Ollie.

Click here to donate to Ollie's medical care and to find out more information about how to adopt him.

"Detectives in the Hollywood police department want to catch this guy," Grossman said. "That is why they are asking the public to send in any tips anonymously if you need to -- anything that will help detectives catch him," Grossman said. 

Anyone with information about who injured Ollie is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4411 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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