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Patrick the pit bull inundated with adoption offers

patrick040211_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The dog that had presumably been left for dead in a trash bin is being inundated with adoption offers.

The dog, named Patrick for his reddish fur and because he was found the day before St. Patrick's Day, has received hundreds of e-mails, donations, gifts, and letters from those inspired by his tale of survival.

Philly.com reports when Patrick was brought to Garden State Veterinary Specialists after being rescued by officials at the Associated Humane Societies, he was so starved that he was curled into a ball, unable to walk or stand. His ribcage protruded, he weighed about 20 pounds - and was covered in sores with parts of skin hanging off him, according to Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, the administrator of the hospital.

"Everyone thought that, you bring in an animal like that, that looks like it's really just a corpse, you put it to sleep," Smillie-Scavelli said. "But of course, he looked up at you with those eyes, and you say: How can you give up on this dog? We gave him that second chance, and he has just run with it, and thrived."

Care2.com reports charges against the dog's owner Kisha Curtis were upgraded to include "torture and torment of a living creature" which carries a sentence of 18 months in jail and/or a $3,000 fine if she is convicted.

Curtis has since been released on bail.

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Today, after weeks of treatment including a transfusion of three pints of blood, a special diet, medicine, and physical therapy, Patrick is gaining weight - currently he weighs just over 29 pounds - is finally eating solid food, and enjoys taking walks in the sun and playing with the many toys that well-wishers have sent him.

The hospital ordered 500 thank-you cards with Patrick's picture to mail to those who sent collars, dog shirts, toys, scrapbook pages, or dog blankets embroidered with Patrick's name, and the supply is fast running out.

And last week, ahscares.org reported that Patrick visited the News 12 New Jersey offices where he made an appearance on "The Pet Stop.”

According to the hospital’s website, they have discontinued accepting donations directly to the hospital for Patrick. Patrick’s plight reminds us that there are many animals that suffer terrible abuse and are being rescued every day. Those wishing to honor Patrick are encouraged to donate to your local organization in his name.

 
Comments (5)
5 Sunday, 08 May 2011 01:58
Sue F
Please let's help to make animal abuse a felony in ALL states.....traffic fines are going up, so why don't the lawmakers at least increase the fines for animal abuse....we pay more for a speeding ticket or parking ticket than those accused of torturing an innocent animal....things MUST change!
4 Saturday, 07 May 2011 18:27
Yvette Butt
I know we all love Patrick....me included....but remember there are hundreds of Patricks out there who need the same help....please keep it going.....in Patricks name.....what a survivor....i love you puppy.
3 Wednesday, 13 April 2011 00:51
Annette Klotz
I Thank the Dear Lord that Patrick has been able to overcome the horror that he has has been thru, although i hope he's able to erase the memories. I really believe that one should reep what they sow. That being said, i wish that her punishment be exactly what she did to Patrick, with no chance of survival for her though. My God, how on earth can anyone be so so cruel to anyone or anything. She must be the true spawn of the devil. Please give her no mercy!
2 Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:50
Gsmith
I am totally with you Jennifer! I also think perhaps a taste of her own medicine would be appropriate. Let's tie her to a railing with no food or water until she is so dehydrated and staved that she can no longer walk or stand. Then put her in a garbage bag and send her down the chute. Maybe someone finds her.
Patrick should be there!!!!!
1 Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:45
JENNIFER LASTRA

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LOBBYING FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS AND CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS!! IT IS A PITY THAT IT TOOK "PATRICK'S HORRIFIC ACCOUNT" TO STIMULATE NATIONAL ATTENTION!! EVERYBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO FACE THEIR ACCUSER. WHAT AN IMPACT IT WOULD MAKE IF PATRICK COULD ATTEND THE HEARING OF HIS ATTEMPTED MURDERER KISHA CURTIS!! MAYBE THEN HE COULD TAKE A "BITE OUT OF CRIME"!! (PUN INTENDED)! THIS OCCURRED IN A RECENT CASE AND THE ACCUSER WAS DENIED PAROLE AND IS SERVING 9 YEARS!! AMEN!!

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