Attorney: Man charged in dog stabbing suffers mental illness

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By: Associated Press
December 30, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- An attorney says mental illness has plagued a man accused of stabbing a puppy and leaving it to die in a suitcase in Florida.

Brendan Evans, 31, is being held at the Broward County Jail on multiple animal cruelty charges. He was arrested on Nov. 15, about a month after police say he stabbed a pit bull and stuffed it into a suitcase.

Rescuers named the puppy Ollie. The dog later died at an animal hospital.

A police report said investigators found mutilated animals in Evans' freezer, knives covered in dried blood and notes referencing demons in his home.

In a Sun Sentinel report , Evans' attorney, Sarah Anne Mourer, said her client sought treatment for mental illness at over a dozen hospitals in Florida and Virginia.

Evans faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.



 
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