Judge’s Decision for Patrick, the Starved Pit Bull
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.
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Meanwhile, Kisha Curtis, Patrick’s alleged owner, is on trial for two fourth-degree offenses of torment and torture of an animal. She also faces two charges of abandonment. If found guilty, she could receive a sentence of up to six months in jail and a monetary fine. According to CBS New York, Curtis left him tied to a railing in her Newark, NJ apartment building when she left the state. His skeletal 20 pound body was found in a trash chute by the janitor.
If he was tied to a railing in a highly trafficked apartment building, where were all the people that must have seen him? Did anybody think to bring him food and water, take him outside to relieve, call the local humane society, consider finding him a home? What would you have done if you saw an emaciated, starving dog tied up to a railing in your apartment building? Thanks for posting your comments below.
Photo Credit: Garden State Veterinary Specialists. The photo was sent to me as a thank you response for sending him a Through a Dog’s Ear CD.
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Image: Patrick resting at Garden State Veterinary Specialists