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.