Charges Filed in Case of Patrick, Starved NJ Dog

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The hunt for the abuser of a starved New Jersey pit bull named Patrick has led to the arrest of Newark, NJ resident Kisha Curtis.

One day before St. Patrick’s Day, an emaciated red pit bull mix was discovered in a trash bag at the bottom of a Newark apartment building garbage chute. Patrick, as he was later named by the Humane Society, was brought to the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls where specialists determined that he was found just hours from death.

Matthew Stanton, a spokesman for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told Fox News that Curtis, 28, was charged Friday with two counts of abandonment and two counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to an animal. Stanton also noted that Curtis, Patrick’s alleged owner, faces two criminal counts and two civil counts, with a maximum penalty of only six months in jail or a $1,000 fine and community service if she is convicted.

“It all depends on the judge,” he said. “She [Curtis] caused the animal to be in that condition. She indicated that she couldn’t take care of him anymore.”

Stanton said the NJSPCA is attempting to ascertain whether anyone else was involved in the abuse and disposal of the animal, and is urging anyone with information to call the NJSPCA tip line at 1-800-582-5979.

A recent video offers insight into Patrick’s recovery.

146 thoughts on “Charges Filed in Case of Patrick, Starved NJ Dog”

    • I believe that criminals like this deserve the same punishment someone would receive for doing this to a child! The animals are defenseless just like a child and instead of going to jail for 50 years she basically gets a slap on the wrist! It’s disgusting!

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      • In some case they are even more vulnerable than a child, because they can’t TELL SOMEONE that they are being abused like this. Most children would have a shot at an ‘out’ if they found the right adult or moment to tell. This poor thing was helpless from the start.

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  1. Oh man….a whooping six months in jail OR $1,000 fine….well, that will teach that piece of trash, won’t it? NOT!!!! Shesh….disgusting what she can do to another living creature, but SHE is only inconvenienced for MAYBE six months.

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  2. Oh man….a whooping six months in jail OR $1,000 fine….well, that will teach that piece of trash, won’t it? NOT!!!! Shesh….disgusting what she can do to another living creature, but SHE is only inconvenienced for MAYBE six months.

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    • Ya know is it totally insane to at least expect her to pay for his rehab and care?!!! What the heck his recent care has been multiple times that already I am sure and she gets to skate?!!!! Excellent system we have…NOT!
      I just hope and pray for Karma… we may not be able to do anything about her disgusting ways but pray one day she may see how awful of a human being she has been.

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  3. If this is a photo of Patrick, the starved NJ doggie, it looks like he wasn’t rescued any time too soon … thank goodness he’ll be okay and find some love but sure hope that Kisha Curtis is punished as severly as possible or maybe even more than that

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