Dog Abuser's day in court today....

alkemyst

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http://www.examiner.com/dog-rescue-...to-shine-a-national-spotlight-on-animal-abuse

Patrick is a survivor.

This precious Pit Bull mix dog has a story that is shining a national spotlight not only on animal abuse but on extreme ends of the human spectrum. It's a story of pain, neglect, abuse, evil, and unimaginable suffering but also a story of an animal's will to survive and the caring people who've joined in the fight to save his life, the lives of others like him, and to strengthen animal abuse laws.

On March 16th, 2011, a maintenance worker at the Garden Spires apartment complex in Newark, NJ was emptying out the trash bin and moving the trash into a compactor when he saw one bag move ever-so-slightly. Inside was the living skeleton of a dog who'd been thrown down the trash chute of the 22 story building.

The City of Newark Animal Control picked up the dog and immediately began efforts to save its life. They found he had a temperature too low to register as they started him on IV's and covered him with blankets and heating pads. He was hand-fed tiny bits of food and gently held and soothed by staff who had never seen a dog still alive in such horrible condition.


The tough little canine miraculously survived his first 24 hours and on St. Patrick's Day he was transferred to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls for further care. Hospital staff named him Patrick and continued to give the dog the loving care he deserved. Within hours, Patrick gave wonderful, tiny wags of his tail that seemed to say, "thank you". He received a gentle bath, a blood transfusion, antibiotics and pain medication along with continued bits of food which he gratefully accepted.

The little dog, that GSVS's Dr. Scavelli estimated would have died within hours if he hadn't been rescued, was proving to have the heart of a lion as he fought for his life with the team's help.

Meanwhile, Patrick's story spread and prayers, donations and love began to pour in. The world fell in love with Patrick while being horrified by his plight and outraged at someone who could do this to him. In Italy, France, Greece and Australia, people responded to his story. A Facebook page was made for him, The Patrick Miracle, which has nearly 30,000 followers and is growing hourly. Updates on his progress and condition are posted often.

Currently, Patrick continues to improve as caregivers saw him first be able to raise his head, then sit, then stand, and now walk the short distance outside to do his business (which he will NOT do inside...good boy!). He wears a little sweater given to him by a staffer and he's surrounded by cards and letters and drawings wishing him well.

An ultrasound has shown a foreign body that will need to be dealt with when Patrick is strong enough for an exploratory surgery. It's not uncommon for a starving animal to eat just about anything and it's thought that he may have eaten a sock or piece of cloth.

Now back to the bottom end of the human spectrum. The NJSPCA has charged 28 year-old Kisha Curtis with two counts of abandonment and two counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to an animal. Ms. Curtis has said she could no longer care for her dog but she denies having thrown him down the garbage chute.

Amazingly, these charges carry maximum penalties of just 6 months in jail OR a maximum fine of $1,000.

This has prompted another Facebook page to have been set up. Called Patrick's Law, it's a "nationwide grassroots movement for stronger legislation to enforce, prosecute and incarcerate animal abusers". This page had over 1,000 supporters almost immediately.

So this poor little dog who suffered so long and so horribly has become the face of animal abuse and the movement to make changes in legislation. But that's not all. Yet another Facebook page is now up and running, called Patrick's Pals. On this page, anyone is encouraged to post pictures and stories of animals in need. Followers are cross-posting and animals are being saved, all in the name of Patrick.

And Patrick? All he knows is that he's now safe, warm, pain-free, full, and loved for the first time in his life. Oh, and that tail? It just keeps on wagging!

Patrick still has a long journey to health and he still needs your prayers. We can't all adopt Patrick but shelters everywhere have wonderful animals who need your help. Remember to Adopt, Spay / Neuter, Tag / Microchip, and love your pets for life!

How he was found:
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the Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ThePatrickMiracle

First Poop :)...this is always a good sign to recovery:
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About a month after being found and treated:
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recently:
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UPDATE: She didn't show up for court today and her lawyer states he hasn't heard from her in a week. A warrant goes out for her arrest tomorrow. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/newark_woman_who_allegedly_tos.html
 
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sixone

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May 3, 2004
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I feel bad enough, without having to see that picture with no warning. :(

I'm glad he's doing well, and I hope they throw the book at that horrible woman.
 

etrigan420

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The penalties for animal cruelty would be laughable if they weren't so goddamned pathetic.

6 months OR $1000. That is ridiculously lenient.
 

silverpig

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Jul 29, 2001
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Holy crap that picture is insane. Poor guy has no meat on his bones at all. It looks like he hadn't eaten anything in weeks!

Animal abusers are the scum of the earth.

He's still not looking too hot even in the after pic, but wow...
 

Sixguns

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I dont see how people can do this to animals. If you dont want the animal, then take to a shelter or give it away.
 

ElFenix

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that looks like a desiccated corpse more than a living dog. wtf
 

Lemon law

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I managed to read the article without going ballistic, but one look at the picture brought the full horrors home. As someone who owns two dogs and two cats,they will never experience any abuse from me.
 

alkemyst

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Tattoo. She has a start next to her left eye too.
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Around March 9, 2011 or so, the person he was living with left the state they were living in. So, naturally, she took the starved young pup and tied him to the rails of the staircase of the 19th floor. Later on, when the police questioned her, she said that she thought someone would have fed him. Really? Anyway, the pup, emaciated as he was, more than likely, fainted. Someone found him on the floor, tied to the rail, put him in the garbage bag because the pup looked dead and threw him into the garbage chute, 19 floors down.
 

Gooberlx2

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Amazing the difference. Gawd, the criminal penalties for animal abuse are just pathetic.
 
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That says a lot about the world we live in today. A pup is tied to a staircase and no one bothers to call police or feed them. Sad.
 

purbeast0

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Sep 13, 2001
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wow that first pic is really sad.

that more recent one he looks extremely healthy.

awesome dog!
 

PokerGuy

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Those pictures are sickening. I can feel nothing but rage for anyone who could do such a thing to poor defenseless animal or child.
 

RavenSEAL

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Good to see he's back in shape, that's one handsome dog.

P.s. I hope the bitch gets the chair.
 

Cerpin Taxt

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alkemyst, I honestly think you are a douche bag if the highest caliber, and there is no way we'll ever be friends, but god save ya, you do love animals almost as much as you love to talk about yourself, so I know that's a lot. That's alright in my book.
 

alkemyst

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That says a lot about the world we live in today. A pup is tied to a staircase and no one bothers to call police or feed them. Sad.

Well it was the same day they found it in the trash...the dog wasn't supporting themselves and more than likely was assumed dead already.
 

alkemyst

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alkemyst, I honestly think you are a douche bag if the highest caliber, and there is no way we'll ever be friends, but god save ya, you do love animals almost as much as you love to talk about yourself, so I know that's a lot. That's alright in my book.

don't bring your seething jealousy into this thread, bro.