No Prison Time for Patrick’s Abuser

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Patrick, then and now
Patrick, then and now

 

The woman at the center of an extraordinarily high profile animal abuse case got no jail time at her sentencing hearing today.

Patrick, the pit bull who made a miraculous recovery after he was starved, stuffed in a trash bag and tossed down a garbage chute in Newark, NJ, touched hearts worldwide after images of his sweet but shrunken little face and his starved, discarded little body went viral online.

Supporters felt personally invested in Patrick’s recovery, and Patrick’s case was used to rally efforts calling for stricter charges and penalties in animal abuse cases.

Kisha Curtis, 29, pleaded guilty last month to fourth degree animal cruelty on the eve of her trial for the mistreatment of Patrick.  She was charged in the case in March of 2011 after Patrick was found near death in her apartment building’s trash. The sentencing hearing was held this morning.

Curtis was sentenced today to 18 months probation and forfeiture of any claim to Patrick, and must pay $2,000 to the New Jersey ASPCA, which provided emergency care to Patrick before he was transferred to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ.

Curtis could have faced up to 18 months in prison.

While handing down his sentence, the judge noted that Patrick is now recovered and thriving and the state’s animal abuse laws have been strengthened as a result of his case. He said Curtis, a first time offender,  is unlikely to become a repeat offender.

 

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0 thoughts on “No Prison Time for Patrick’s Abuser”

  1. I’d like to have the judge undergo what the dog did, and then have him decide whether or not the woman is likely to do it again. Like the Nazis killed one Jew and then STOPPED. What an idiot thisjudge is — Time for a RECALL VOTE!!

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    • I think the abuser and judge should be in cages side by side so they can “enjoy” the ride together. I would so like to see a situation where these freaks that abuse animals could suffer the same abuse as their “pets”. And she’s not going to do it again?? Sure, that’s how it works.

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  2. These type of people that do this are uneducated welfare collecting minorities for the most part. Dogs and other pets have no business living with welfare minority types.

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    • Not sure I agree with the profile of welfare=abusers. But I do agree that if you can’t fed and house yourself you have no business with a pet.

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    • you must’ve missed that entire Michael Vick thing granted it was dog fighting but still abuse ….dogs died because he wanted to make more money on top of the millions his educated NFL role model self already had ..so where you get that this is only an act of an uneducated welfare recipient is beyond me she very well may be uneducated & a welfare recipient I don’t know but make know mistake that this kind of thing has nothing to do with how much education or money you have

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    • I’m not uneducated, nor a minority and I don’t collect welfare. But if I were to start doing so. And you’re coming to take my cats. Bring a gun. Because you’ll have to kill me. Before you get in the door to do so. Shame on you for making such a vicious, demeaning statement. It’s not up to you to decide who can have pets.
      Yes, there are people who take advantage of the welfare system. But welfare, just like unemployment, is there to help get you through the bad. Until you can reach the good again.
      I agree that animal abusers should be punished more than this woman was. And shame on this judge for letting her off with barely a slap on the wrist. She should be punished for what she did. She should go to jail. She should never, ever be allowed to own a pet again for the rest of her life.
      Yeah, I even agree she should not have children.

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    • I’m not uneducated, not a minority, and I don’t collect welfare. But if I were to start. And you think you’re coming to take my cats. Bring a gun. Because you’ll have to kill me, to get in the door to do so. Shame on you for making such a vicious, demeaning statement. It’s not up to you to decided who can have pets.
      Yes, there are people who take advantage of the welfare system. But welfare, just like unemployment, is there to get you through the bad. Until you get back to the good.
      Do I believe that animal abusers should be punished? Yes. Do I believe this woman should be punished more than she was? H#ll Yes! She should be in prison. She should be fined. She should never, ever be allowed to own pets for the rest of her life. I’d suggest community service at a shelter. But I’m afraid what she might do to the animals there. Shame on this judge for letting her off with barely a slap on this wrist.

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  3. WTF? Patrick is recovered and thriving so that means she doesn’t deserve any jail time for her actions? This kind of stuff is what makes it hard to have any faith in the justice system. I can only hope she gets what she deserves in some other way. I’m sure it won’t be long before she gets another dog and does the same thing to it.

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  4. Well isn’t that great. Sends a good message to all who might ever try something like this. I am glad she had to pay a fine to the ASPCA, but what kind of appropriate punishment is that? We have the same kind of case here in my town now and I can already see what the judge will be doing!! Is it because they are animals that the judges don’t make the punishment more harsh. Explain that to the animal and the public who does try and normally treat their animals well. Maybe if people did have some fear in them from our legal system, they “might” think about what might happen.

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  5. Remember that judge at election time!!! vote him out of a job and see how he feels when he starves cause he has no money coming in!

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