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’m so furious!This woman is a piece of shit and in my opinion
    A waste of life. I hope she gets what’s coming to her.
    Thankfully Patrick survived and has found love and is finally living
    life like he should be.

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  2. Not likely to repeat???? WTH is wrong with this judge. Never having meet this woman you only have to look at the evidence and know it will not be the last time. This woman has no morals, no conscience. This case right here is the main reason animal cruelty is so rampant. There is no penalty for it. This makes me sick to my stomach

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  3. So because the dog recovered, she doesn’t have to go to jail?!?! That’s BS. That judge should be ashamed of himself…

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  4. Patricks’ owner was in a short interview tonite on channel 2. And she said she was sorry for doing what she did!! she I guess, is sorry now that she apparently isn’t into any substance abuse and busy losing her kids and trying to get them back. WTF did she have a dog for? Couldn’t take care of herself. I have adopted quite a few dogs in my time and my vet. references and so forth were checked and in some cases people came to my home to check it out. This was from rescue folks. That’s okay with me, but had the place she got the dog from done any of that, I’m sure she wouldn’t have gotten it. These poor pit bulls suffer, but not the ones who abuse them. Shame there isn’t some sort of regulations on people breeding the poor things.

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