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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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

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!

eloise bastille
barbie bastille4 years ago

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

Wendy h.
Wendy H4 years ago

Glad the dog was saved!!

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M4 years ago

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

Skylar S.
Skylar S4 years ago

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.

Colleen S.
Colleen S4 years ago

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.

Monique D.
Mon D4 years ago

glad the dog was saved

Peggy Ausmus
Peggy A4 years ago


Crystal Hilts
Crystal Hilts4 years ago


John S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Should go to those that cared for him.