The Fight for Patrick: Miracle Dog Caught Up In Custody Battle

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The feel-good story of a saved dog that moved and united throngs of animal lovers has taken a very ugly turn.

The emaciated red pit bull mix was discovered in a trash bag at the bottom of a Newark apartment building garbage chute one day before St. Patrick’s Day. 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. Since then, thousands have followed his case with great interest as updates from the vet’s office have been posted on their Facebook fan page.

Now The Associated Humane Society has filed a 40 page motion to have Patrick moved to Popcorn  Park Zoo, a shelter for abused animals. The AHS wants seeks to overturn an earlier order that allowed Patrick to stay with his vet while the criminal case against a Newark woman charged with starving him is underway. The motion states: “Patrick is no different than any other stray or abandoned picked up in Newark or any other city — once he was rescued by AHS, he became the property of AHS.”

The city of Newark opposes the motion and has argued in favor of keeping Patrick in the only safe environment he’s ever known.

Adam Zipkin, chief of staff of the city’s department of economic and housing said, “It’s the city’s position that it is not in Patrick’s best interests for him to be turned over to Associated, and we have notified both Associated and the court of that fact.”

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110 thoughts on “The Fight for Patrick: Miracle Dog Caught Up In Custody Battle”

  1. If AHS just wants to use Patrick for publicity, that wouldn’t be right. He needs to be in a place he is loved, and where he feels safe. I’m sure AHS has many, mnay other dogs, they don’t NEED one more.

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    • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head! With publicity about “look what we’ve done” they get many donations.
      If they really care about this dog’s outcome they would let him be where he’s at. Even if they say they’ll put him in a foster home, it would seem he already has the best foster home he could have.

      AHS needs to thing about backing off – unless they’re looking to create BAD PUBLICITY!

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      • Absolutely! They just want to make money off of him, as if he were a side show at a circus!! That Zoo seems like a great place for rescued farm animals etc. but not a dog!! Their website says nothing about dogs being on display, so it seems like Patrick would be the first. And after all that’s he’s been through, how can they justify denying that sweet dog a loving forever home!? It makes me sick to think about them doing that to him. 🙁

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    • I agree with you . Now Patrick is to be sacrificed for their quest for publicity. He is safe and loved where he is now. These people don’t know the word “humane”.

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  2. For the love of God! Leave Patrick in the environment that is nurturing him and helping him heal! If they think Patrick is like every other stray then they need to rethink their job choice.

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  3. Why would they want to tear him away from the only stability and comfort he has ever known. Good for the city of Newark for siding with the vet and doing what is in Patrick’s best interest.

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  4. Wow. Interesting, though — the article doesn’t say if the vet he’s staying at wants to keep billing the HS that rescued him. But if the vet just wants to keep him gratis, why the heck would they want to send him to another shelter?

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    • Andrea, AHS is NOT being billed by GSVS! Donations from Patrick’s public much of which was donated directly to GSVS paid for all of Patrick’s expenses! AHS now want their property as they call him because for them Patrick = $$$…. very sad and pathetic on the part of AHS, especially when they have so many other animals that they should be focused on caring and finding homes for!

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  5. I would imagine that it would be impossible for AHS not to see Patrick as a cash cow given all of the donations that have poured into GSVS as a result of their good work in this case. Their denial of a staff member’s adoption application and their ridiculously biased “behaviorists’ report” in which GSVS is repeatedly slighted shows that what they are pulling here is a power play. I hope they lose.

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    • Yup, just a power play. They’re angry that GSVS is getting all of the publicity and donations, instead of AHS. It’s disgusting.

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    • Susan, simply put and I totally agree with you! The City of Newark is not trying to make money off Patrick like AHS. Like GSVS, the City is looking out for his best interests.

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