Patrick, near death
Tinton Falls, NJ – It’s the news that thousands have been anxiously awaiting – the person that starved Patrick to the brink of starvation and subsequently threw his body down a trash chute, has been found.
According to Fox News, Kisha Curtis of Newark, 28, was charged Friday with two counts of abandonment and two counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to the animal.
Curtis is the alleged owner of the emaciated dog that was found by a maintenance worker on March 16 in an apartment complex trash bin.
Patrick was within hours of death at the time that he was discovered – in fact, the photos taken initially look like those of a corpse.
Curtis faces two criminal counts and two civil counts, which could result in up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine and community service if convicted.
Patrick continues to get stronger with each passing day. The dog has been treated by Garden State Veterinary Specialists and his progress is shared on their Facebook fan page, as well as on his own Facebook page, The Patrick Miracle.
As for Curtis, she claims that she could no longer care for the dog, but denies throwing his body down the trash chute.
As more information becomes available, it will be shared.
Authorities are urging anyone with information on the crime to call the NJSPCA tip line at 1-800-582-5979.
Examiner Note: It’s incredible that this woman only faces a meager fine OR a short time in jail for this horrific act of cruelty. Animal cruelty laws need to be improved – slaps on the wrist for such abuse are not sufficient.
Penny Eims, a lifelong animal lover, has dedicated the past 4 years to a large, non-profit dog rescue in Washington. Her experiences include… Read more
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