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Florida man who beat, stabbed puppy will serve 10 years in prison

Brendan Evans admitted to beating a pit bull puppy named Ollie, stabbing it 50 times and stuffing it into a suitcase while the dog was clinging to life.
This Oct. 12, 2017, file photo shows Ollie at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale after he was stabbed multiple times, beaten and left in a suitcase. The dog died two days after being discovered. Brendan Evans will serve 10 years in prison after admitting to the crime, his defense lawyer said Tuesday.
This Oct. 12, 2017, file photo shows Ollie at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale after he was stabbed multiple times, beaten and left in a suitcase. The dog died two days after being discovered. Brendan Evans will serve 10 years in prison after admitting to the crime, his defense lawyer said Tuesday.
Published Nov. 9, 2021|Updated Nov. 9, 2021

HOLLYWOOD — A Florida man accused of beating a pit bull puppy, stabbing it 50 times and stuffing it into a suitcase while the dog was clinging to life will serve 10 years in prison after admitting to the crime, his defense lawyer said Tuesday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Brendan Evans, 35, of Hollywood agreed to plead guilty four years after the attack on Ollie the pit bull, according to his lawyer, Michael Gottlieb. The dog died two days after being discovered.

The attack on the Ollie caused an international outcry. Evans first denied being involved, but investigators found cat paws and rats with severed heads in his freezer, blood stains in his bathroom and dried blood and animal fur in his oven, the newspaper reported.

Brendan Evans, far right, listens during a court hearing. The Hollywood man initially issued a plea of not guilty but now admits to killing Ollie the pit bull on Oct. 10, 2017.
Brendan Evans, far right, listens during a court hearing. The Hollywood man initially issued a plea of not guilty but now admits to killing Ollie the pit bull on Oct. 10, 2017.

Evans has been held in jail since his arrest four years ago. He was initially charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty but prosecutors dropped 15 in exchange for the guilty plea, Gottlieb said.

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