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. has anyone set up a petition for people to sign to support keeping him in the only place he has known love and comfort? If someone finds one, please post it here or on fb so we can all support Patrick

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    • I agree, Get a petition up and I will sign it! Patrick needs to stay where he has grown to trust, with the people he has learned to trust and who are healing him!

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      • The petition is up you can find a link to it on any “patrick” fb page. Well not any the AHS doesn’t have a link o it. BTW he is not like any other rescue. He is known world wide, he had a out pour of $ from ppl to pay his cost. The only thing that is the same is the fact he was abused. If he has a hope in hell to live like a normal dog let the employee who wants him have him. We don’t need to know anything but that he has gone to a loving home, and we who have followed this from the start know where that home would be! With the employee who has been with him from the start. If AHS really thinks that Patrick is their “property” and is like any other rescue then pick another dog from the shelter to place is heir little zoo. Then TWO dogs would have bettter lives. Very cold and stupid move by AHS. Really are showing their true colors.

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    • Normally, until the investigation is settled, the animal is not available for adoption. Legal issues regarding “property” and all….

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      • normally, that is only if the person that allegedly committed a crime owns the dog. once the dog is no longer owned by the person charged, humane rescue folks would only dream of and act on placing the dog in his new forever life. unfortunately, it appears AHS is holding this up.

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  2. This has nothing to do with Patrick, but instead it’s about money. I agree with Laurie that they see Patrick as a way for AHS to profit off of him being there. They don’t care about Patrick and they simply want the publicity and donations.
    Shame on them for doing this. Such a shame that they can’t be grateful that Patrick is doing better and has found someone who’ll love him and treat him like a king. AHS doesn’t care about the animals. It’s all about money.

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  3. because AHS’s time and money is best spent fighting to remove a dog from an excellent situation?? **facepalm**

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  4. Shouldn’t the people that brought him back from the brink of death, who treated him with all the medical attention, supplies and LOVE keep this wonderful boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I absolutely agree. Leave Patrick where he is, as he is safe. This is insanity, and the only one suffering, potentially, is the dog.

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