Search warrant issued in connection to pit bull’s death

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - A Hollywood residence was issued a search warrant in connection to a dog that had died after it was found stabbed and stuffed in a suitcase.

Crime scene tape and police vehicles could be seen surrounding the residence on the 1900 block of Lee Street in Hollywood, Tuesday.

“They served a search warrant here at 1935 Lee St. We can’t release anymore details at the moment,” said Hollywood Police spokesperson Miranda Grossman.

The warrant was issued in connection to an investigation into the death of a dog named Ollie.

The pit bull was found beaten, stabbed almost 50 times, and stuffed into a suitcase in the same neighborhood back in mid-October.

Ollie was then taken to an animal hospital for treatment but died of his injuries two days later.

Since Ollie’s death, an investigation was launched and reward money offered for information in regards to the abuse was raised to $40,000.

More than a month later, detectives are working a new lead on the case.

“Our detectives are focused solely on investigating every angle of this crime and arresting the individual who committed it,” said Grossman.

7News tried to talk to the residents of the home, but there was no response.

A neighbor told 7News that she had heard whimpering from the home the day Ollie had been found. Neighbors believe the home belongs to the dog’s previous owners.

“I used to see the young dog in the alley as a baby,” said neighbor Tanya Prince, who lives near the spot where OIlie was found.

Prince recalled the moment she believes Ollie was stabbed.

“I was outside, and I heard the dog, and it was constantly saying–” Prince mimicked the whimpering she believes she heard. “I expected that it was maybe a dog in the yard with cats or something. A stray. Never thought the dog was being stabbed.”

Later, Prince would see Ollie on the news.

“It’s sad, and very upsetting, very hurting,” she said.

Police also felt the impact. “This was a horrific crime that affected our detectives, the community,” said Grossman. “Internationally, people have reached out to us.”

Neighbors are hoping the presence of police means an arrest is coming soon.

“Whoever you are, you know you did this, and that’s messed up. We hurt because that dog hurt,” said Prince.

7SkyforceHD hovered over the scene as detectives removed bags of evidence from the home.

No one has been taken into custody.

If you have any information concerning Ollie’s case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $40,000 reward.

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