UPDATE: Georgios Lollias (aka Kollias) has his first hearing at 9 am on Wednesday, July 12 in front of Judge Richard Hersch. Please attend and bring lots of signs for a demonstration outside Richard Gerstein Justice Bldg at 1351 NW 12 St, Miami, FL 33125. Court officials will let people in for the hearing if they behave, but signs have to be left outside. Be there at 8 am for a demonstration before the hearing. Click here for more info.
A Miami Beach hotel clerk was arrested Wednesday and charged with animal cruelty and tampering with evidence following the killing of a cat named Strushie with a bow and arrow on April 26. He remains in jail as of Wednesday afternoon.
Georgios Lollias, 36, a clerk at the Franklin Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach, admitted to shooting Strushie twice but didn’t give a motive. A woman who fed Strushie daily found the fatally injured cat, who had been living in the outdoor common at the hotel since his birth in 2010.
According to one of the petitions, a top part of one of the two arrows was found on steps of the hotel property although Strushie was finally captured under a dumpster after a frantic run with arrows on his head and neck, on the north side of the Franklin Hotel facing 9th street. Strushie had to be humanely euthanized due to his injuries.
Police became suspicious when the surveillance which was obtained through a warrant showed missing footage for that day. The U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, which specializes in recovering erased data from computers and other devices were called in to help solve the case.
A report stated the missing footage showed Lollias searching for Strushie while trying to conceal a crossbow. Lollias then shot into the bushes where Strushie was hiding, puncturing Strushie’s skull and brain.
Lollias has no criminal record in Florida. Police believe he may have stalked the cat because stray cats are considered a nuisance in the area. Others believe Lollias was acting on the orders of someone else.
Police Chief Daniel Oates stated in an interview with The Miami Herald
“It is a great relief that we have found some level of justice for Strushie. This was a horrific act of animal cruelty. I congratulate our detectives on this arrest and the U.S. Secret Service for the critical assistance they provided to us.”
According to the Miami Beach Patch, the former owner of the Franklin, Eleonora Todaro, put up $20,000 of the reward money while animal rescue groups put up an additional $3,000. Other donors included Stephen Sawitz of Joe’s Stone Crab, who added $2,000 and Mitch Novick, owner of the Sherbrooke All Suites Hotel, who added $1,000.
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