By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.
On April 1st, I wrote about Patrick, the starved, neglected, Pit Bull thrown out with the garbage. Later, a custody battle between his caretakers/rescuers at the Garden State Veterinary Hospital (GSVS) and the Associated Humane Societies (AHS) broke out. AHS claimed they had legal ownership of Patrick and wanted him removed from GSVS and placed into their shelter facility at Popcorn Park Zoo. A poll in that blog asking if Patrick should be moved to the Popcorn Zoo showed that 86 percent of Care2 readers thought he should NOT be moved.
Yesterday, New Jersey Judge Joseph Cassini III denied the request by AHS that he be removed from GSVS. Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, hospital administrator at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, spends eight hours a day with Patrick and hopes to adopt him. In addition to nursing him back to health, her dream is to bring him out of stardom status. She just wants him to be a dog, not a super star in the middle of court cases.
Next: Patrick’s previous abusive owner