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Ollie the pit bull puppy dies two days after being stabbed 50 times, trapped in suitcase
A pit bull puppy who was brutally beaten, stabbed more than 50 times and stuffed in a suitcase has died from his horrific injuries.
The dog , named Ollie, was found trapped inside the blue suitcase after a passerby heard his terrified cries in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Believed to be around one year old, he was rushed to an animal hospital for treatment, with a bloodied head and other severe wounds.
His heartbreaking story captured the hearts of hundreds of animal lovers, with many offering to adopt him once he had recovered.
But tragically, despite experts’ best efforts to save him, the beloved puppy succumbed to his injuries two days after he was discovered.
“When he died, there were tears everywhere,” said Linda Ream, spokeswoman for VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital in Florida, US.
She added: “It was silent in the building.
“Our doctors worked so hard to give Ollie that chance to stay with us.”
Ollie was beaten and stabbed dozens of times during the sickening attack.
He was then shoved in the suitcase and left for dead at an abandoned house.
Police were alerted after the shocked passerby heard his cries at around 1am on Tuesday, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel .
Officers attended the scene in Broward County and the dog was rushed to hospital.
Despite his harrowing ordeal, Ollie was said to be trusting and friendly to those around him – with his tail seen constantly wagging.
A GoFundMe page , set up by Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, based in Florida, raised tens of thousands of pounds for his care and treatment.
The puppy underwent several operations and was said to be “on the mend”, although he was in a “great deal of pain and pretty swollen”.
However, on Thursday night, he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away – despite five doctors battling for more than an hour to save his life.
A post on the fundraising page on Friday read: “It is with VERY heavy heart that we report that Ollie went into cardiac arrest last night and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
“Five doctors, including a cardiologist tried to revive him for more than an hour – to no avail.
“Because it is an open criminal investigation, a Necropsy must be performed.
“This doctors were confident he would pull through this, but it would seem that his body had enough and shut down.”
The post added: “Ollie did not deserve this – but the one consolation in all this, is he did not die alone and was surrounded by people who cared.”
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital said the poor creature – described as a pit bull terrier mix – died “due to the trauma of his injuries”.
A post on the hospital’s Facebook page read: “Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff worked for over an hour to keep Ollie with us.
“His body simply could not overcome the inflammation and damage to his organs caused by his horrific ordeal.
“The outpouring of love we have seen over the last few days in support of Ollie is an affirmation of the true goodness in people.
“Detectives are still investigating the crimes committed against Ollie in the hopes that the perpetrators of this grotesque brutality will come to justice.
“We share in the mourning of this sweet and innocent animal that gave only love, even in the darkest moments.”
Jan Milbyer, founder of Grateful Paws, said she was devastated after hearing the news of Ollie’s death on Friday morning.
“I was crying when he was alive, so I’m even worse now,” she said.
A necropsy will be carried out to establish the puppy’s cause of death.
Funds raised on the GoFundMe page will be used to cover his vet bills and to “cover the vet and hospital costs of other animals in need”. At the time the page stopped accepting donations, more than $40,000 (£30,000) had been raised.
Police are still searching for the person behind the attack on Ollie.
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