Man who beat, stabbed dog before stuffing it in suitcase sentenced to prison

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP/WJW) — 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.

Brendan Evan’s lawyer told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Tuesday that his client agreed to plead guilty four years after the attack that drew an international outcry.

Attorney Michael Gottlieb said the 25-year-old Hollywood man was initially charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty, but prosecutors agreed to drop 15 counts in exchange for the guilty plea.

Evan’s DNA was reportedly linked to the suitcase in which Ollie was found.

The Sun-Sentinel reported in 2017 that during a search of Evans’ apartment, two cat paws and several mutilated rats were found in the freezer. There were also knives covered in dried blood and a machete.

At the time, his attorney argued that he fought mental illness for years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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