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Puppy Thrown in Garbage, Abuser Pleads Guilty

Puppy Thrown in Garbage, Abuser Pleads Guilty

Over two years ago, I wrote about Patrick, the Pit Bull who was tied up outside Kisha Curtis’ door in New Jersey, nearly starved to death, and later found in a garbage chute, tossed out like trash. Garden State Veterinary Hospital (GSVS) spent many months lovingly nursing Patrick back to health. And it took over two years for Curtis to plead guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

While she could face up to 18 months in prison, it’s more likely that Curtis won’t serve any jail time because she has no prior convictions. Curtis also gave up all legal rights to Patrick (hmm, I’m pretty sure she didn’t cry any tears over that one). When found, after being tossed in the garbage chute, Patrick weighed 19 pounds. He’s now a healthy 50 plus pounds.

Sadly, a dispute over Patrick’s custody, that I wrote about over two years ago, still continues between Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the Associated Humane Societies, and the City of Newark. For the past two and a half years, Patricia Smillie-Scavelli (Administrator of Garden State Veterinary Specialists) has been his caretaker and nurtured him back to full health.

Strange how a Pit Bull that nobody wanted when he was starving and tied up outside Curtis’ door, is now in a custody battle by so many who want legal custody. What do you think? Who should have legal custody of Patrick? And, what sentence do you think Curtis should be required to serve?

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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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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6:23AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

I can't believe Patrick has not been adopted out by now! There were so many people who wanted to adopt him! Why can't they let him go to a 'forever' home?

As for Kisha Curtis, I hope she gets jail time and a ban from ever having another pet for the rest of her life - not that it would even bother her any!

6:16PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

is it poss people can get more than stupid? give a animal any time!

2:23PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Glad the dog was saved!!

5:14AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Patricia Smillie decerves to keep Patrick, and curtis locked up for the rest of her miserable life, if possible.

5:59AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Those who are cruel to animals are more likely to be cruel to humans as well. She should be in jail and the dog should have a new forever home with a loving family.

3:32PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

The woman who starved him and threw him away should be put in jail and never released. You don't get any lower than that in my book. How is it that this woman who tortured and nearly killed a defenseless animal can serve no jail time? It infuriates me.

12:42PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

glad the dog was saved

7:36AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013


5:45AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013


3:01AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Should go to those that cared for him.

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This article is pretty slim on facts, a little more content and facts would be nice.


...ummm...."meetings", not "neetings." (bad fingers! No supper for you!)

i want to watch it over and over and over and over.......mwah!!!

thanks for the article.


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