Suspect charged in pit bull's fatal beating, stabbing in Broward County

Posted at 5:45 AM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 04:37:00-05

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP/WPTV) — Authorities in Broward County say they've made an arrest in the case of a young pit bull that eventually died after being beaten, stabbed and stuffed into a suitcase.

The Sun Sentinel reports that 31-year-old Brendan Evans of Hollywood, Fla., was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

 Detectives executed a search warrant at Evans' home on Nov. 14.

Hollywood police say the dog, named Ollie, died at an animal hospital last month, two days after officers traced his cries to a blue suitcase that was left behind an abandoned building.

Inside, they found the bloody dog with deep cuts on his head and body. Police say DNA taken from the suitcase was linked to Evans.

Hollywood police said an investigation into Evans revealed previous arrests including an arrest by the Broward County Sheriff's Office in 2012 on domestic battery charges.  He is currently on probation for a bank robbery in Hernando County, Fla. 

Evans fingerprints were also found to be linked to a residential burglary in Hollywood. He was taken into custody for the burglary and violation of probation.

Jail records didn't list an attorney for Evans.


Information from: Sun Sentinel ,