A woman who found a dog that had been badly beaten and left for dead in a suitcase in Hollywood says God put her in the right place at the right time to get him help.
The 2-year-old pit bull-terrier mix named Ollie was undergoing surgery for a second day in a row Wednesday, a day after he was found trapped in the suitcase in an abandoned building.
Kristen Bagarozza said she was walking home with her boyfriend when she spotted the blue suitcase. She said they didn't open the bag because they were worried what was inside but said when she saw a dog's paw sticking out she knew something was terribly wrong and called police.
"God must've put us in the right place at the right time," Bagarozza said. "God only knows if we didn't walk past when we did it would be two days later we'd hear there was a dead dog in a suitcase, so I'm glad he's ok."
Bagarozza said she didn't hear barking or whimpering but heard a weird sound of something moving.
"I was heartbroken, it upset me that we didn't see who did it or anyone walking out," she said.
Hollywood Police brought the dog to the VCA Animal Hospital on Hollywood Boulevard, where it needed emergency surgery. Police said the dog had been stabbed 40 to 50 times with a knife before it was stuffed in the suitcase.
Doctors said the cuts to its head are deep but thankfully no organs, major blood vessels or nerves were damaged. It still has a long way to make a full recovery though.
There's been a huge outpouring of support to help pay for the dog's medical bills, and to foster it when it gets better.
Police are still investigating the incident with a $5,000 reward being offered for any information.
Update: Ollie passed away on Oct. 13.