Ollie the pit bull: Dog’s torture sparks push for tougher laws against animal abuse

Source:  CBS NEWS / December 11, 2017, 12:14 AM

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Animal lovers, rescuers and pet owners placed flowers beneath a portrait of Ollie the pit bull Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, CBS Miami reports. More than a 100 mourners, many weeping, attended a memorial service for the dog, whose story of torture and death went viral.

“I think the sheer brutality of it drove us to find who did this and the fear they wouldn’t stop,” said Jane Ziemba, an animal rescuer.

Ollie was found stabbed more than 50 times and stuffed in a suitcase on Oct. 10.

Heroic efforts to save him failed.

“My direct order to detectives was to treat this like a homicide,” Hollywood Asst. Chief Thomas Demmery told the crowd to a standing ovation.

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