Brendan Evans a Florida voodoo priest practicing black magic is arrested after stabbing his pet pit bull and stuffing the animal in a suitcase in an abandoned building.
Brendan Evans a 31 year old Florida self described ‘voodoo priest’ has been arrested after stabbing his pet pit bull puppy and leaving the dog for dead inside a suitcase which was in turn left inside an abandoned building.
The Sun Sentinel cited police in Hollywood, Florida hearing crying coming from a derelict building where upon they came across a blue suitcase in which the animal had been stuffed inside. An examination of the dog revealed the animal incurring more than 50 deep cuts on his head and body.
The dog was taken to an animal hospital and named Ollie.
Two days later, Ollie succumbed to his wounds and died while in veterinary care.
‘When he died, there were tears everywhere,’ said VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital spokesperson Linda Ream.
‘It was silent in the building. Our doctors worked so hard to give Ollie that chance to stay with us.’
Ollie’s savage attack led to wide condemnation with animal rights advocates raising money for the wounded dog’s treatment.
Florida voodoo priest search of home unearths other signs of animal abuse:
During a search of Evans home on November 14, police discovered several mutilated animals including decapitated rats stuffed into the freezer and a pair of severed cat paws.
Authorities also said that they found knives covered in blood, animal fur in several rooms and an 18-inch machete.
According to an affidavit, Evans told police that he practiced traditions associated with Afro Caribbean religions and claimed to be a ‘voodoo priest’ on several social media posts.
Police said they also found several notes in Evans’s apartment, with one reading: ‘Make the entire pit bull investigation go away. Return all curses placed on Brendan to their sender. Give Brendan peace of mind.’
DNA taken from the suitcase where Ollie was found was a match for Evans and WSVN reported officers found one of the pit bull’s teeth in the suspect’s wallet.
Florida voodoo priest had criminal charges relating to unrelated case with bail denied.
Other reported instances of animal abuse included a Fort Lauderdale police officer spotting Evans attempting to kick a duck and her ducklings. When questioned, Evans said he wanted to kill the ducks because he practices voodoo black magic.
Police said Evans also purchased two kittens this past June from a person in Delray Beach who called police when Evans called back a few days later requesting to buy more kittens.
Despite receiving a $100K bond, Broward County Sheriff’s Department said Evans, would remain in custody due to criminal charges stemming from an unrelated case.
When Broward county sheriff’s charged Evans on Wednesday, he was already in police custody after being arrested earlier in the week for violating the terms of his probation stemming from a 2015 bank robbery in Hernando County.
Told Police Chief Chris O’Brien, ‘We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city,’
‘Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking.’
In Florida, animal cruelty is a third-degree felony. If convicted, Evans faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.