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Owner of Patrick, starved Newark pit bull, facing felony charge

patrick_optBY ALICIA CRUZ

The Newark woman who allegedly starved her 1-year-old pit bull dog and then cruelly tossing his body down a trash compacter in her apartment building is facing a felony charge.

Cheryl Moses, a clerk for Essex County Prosecutor's Office Public Affairs Director, said Kisha Curtis's arraignment date is set for Thursday and she has been given a $10,000 bond.

"We expect her to be transferred from the Passaic County jail where she is being held on an unrelated charge, either today or Thursday," Moses told the New Jersey Newsroom. "Her arraignment date is set for Thursday at the Essex Courthouse on the Fifth floor."

According to the Star-Ledger, Curtis allegedly left the dog tied to a railing while she left New Jersey for more than a week. As far as Frank Rizzo, superintendent of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is concerned, that’s not just cruelty to an animal, its torture.

That factor and the way that Patrick was found prompted his agency to ask that Curtis be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. "Somebody discarded him while he was still alive. That’s what makes it of much more concern," Rizzo said.

Mark A. Ortman, the employee at the Garden Spires apartment complex who found Patrick in the trash compactor, told the Examiner prior to finding Patrick in the trash compactor, he found the dog on the building's 19th floor, tethered to a stairwell. He later learned the owner of the dog was Kisha "Red" Curtis. She allegedly told Ortman that she tied the dog up because he had repeatedly bitten her.

According to the Examiner, Ortman said Patrick was thin and very docile, but playful. Ortman described Curtis' living conditions as "subhuman," and added that the front door of the apartment was "barely on its hinges." He said while the apartment appeared "unlivable" and it "hardly made sense" Curtis would have been taking care of the dog, there were no legal ground for him to do anything.

"I never forgot the look in that puppy's face when I left," said Ortman.

Initially, Curtis, 27, was charged with four counts of animal cruelty. The fourth-degree criminal charge was upgraded from previously filed animal cruelty charges. If convicted of the felony charge, she could face up to 18 months in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Curtis is in the Passaic County jail on a receiving stolen goods charge. Jail records show an April 5 court date for Curtis on that charge at the Wayne Municipal Court.

Patrick, who got his name from hospital staff, was brought to the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls after Ortman found him at the bottom of the trash compactor March 16.

Doctors at GSVS say that while Patrick is improving and has gained a little over two pounds, a foreign object lodged in his intestines is causing them concern. The object does not seem to be hindering Patrick’s progress, but doctors told the Examiner that if Patrick does not pass the object, they will have to remove it, and right now, the pup is not strong enough for anesthesia. The next step, according to the article, would be to use an endoscope to determine what the object is and finally, to decide if surgery is necessary.

Donations for Patrick are still being accepted, but now you can make them directly to the Associated Humane Society.

If you would like to keep up with Patrick's daily progression, do so by joining the GSVS Facebook page and click on “The Patrick Miracle.”

Comments (28)
28 Saturday, 07 May 2011 18:29
Take this dirt bags children too.....if they too are not neglected, they are learning neglect and they will be the same dirt bag in a few years....please stop it now.
27 Friday, 08 April 2011 12:25
Charlie Winkerbeans
There's no point in writting anything to or about Kisha. I doubt she can read..and based on what her mother writes, I doubt anyone Kisha knows is educated. If you're gonna write a message, write it in a way they'd understand. Here..let me try speaking her language...

Dang, Kee Kee, youz strayt upitty goingz to hell. shiaaaat. U bezter hungz yer hedz in shamz kee, cuz ppl bez mad hatting on u. all dem crakaz wit edumacationz wantng max pen fer u. hav fun timez in hell yu por exuse o'a humanz.
26 Thursday, 07 April 2011 05:56
One tough little guy...so many more out there...can't bear it
25 Wednesday, 06 April 2011 15:07
Lynne Parker
He was afraid of breaking the law?
Please God, don't ever let me become too afraid to do what is right over what is legal.
24 Saturday, 02 April 2011 12:00
o.k , the woman did something terrible to a defenseless dog.
(and she is in jail for it)
But why all the rascist assumptions about crack and prostitution?
c'mon people!
23 Friday, 01 April 2011 22:54
For the Love of Patrick
Curtis' mother was in court Thursday and said her daughter was in Albany, N.Y., when the dog was believed to have been abused. "Somebody gave her that dog but she couldn't take care of it, so she tied it up outside hoping somebody else could take it," Tammie Curtis said. "Somebody took that dog and did whatever they did to it."

Stop lying Tammie! You know damn well that your daughter did this! Your daughter had the dog up until the time she left for Albany for ONE WEEK and was found in the garbage about the time your daughter returned! A dog does NOT get into that condition for not eating in one week! Do you think for one minute that the prosecutors, the SPCA officials, the judge and the whole world are idiots???? If you are going to put your face on camera and defend your daughter with these lies that make absolutely no sense, you should be prosecuted too for knowing the fact that this dog was starving and being neglected the way he was in your daughter's care!
22 Friday, 01 April 2011 11:33
Check out her mentallity, proves it runs in the family.

"Pretty Ce ‎(2/2) off ma page u cud tell da world i said fuk dat dog ..yall tawkn all dis shxt but yall eat animals"

Love her english and grammer. Obama would be proud...NOT.
21 Thursday, 31 March 2011 13:40
I am so happy to see that the judge in this case is doing all he can to see this person penalized to the utmost. She should be shown no mercy as she has shown none. I wish her nothing but bad in life.
20 Thursday, 31 March 2011 09:07
No doubt as this story has been seen round the world more and more of her friends on face book are making their profiles private especially those who spoke out in support of her. While I understand a mothers love is unconditional a little restraint on her mothers part with her input could be summed up with "Lest is best" but considering the sources this will be difficult with those who are related to her or friends of hers since they all need to take off the blinders, put down the crack pipes, and join the real world. Why would anyone want to admit publicly they know her? If it was me I'd be de-friending my self off her and her mother's face book page ASAP. Does anyone know if Kisha has any children at all in her custody. If she is capable of treating a dog like this imagine what might happen if she has children. People with the mentality she has should be sterilized otherwise the next thing will be her tying her kids to the railing next time she goes out of town.
19 Thursday, 31 March 2011 08:13
Rita Hoffmann
Don't get me wrong....I am so thankful to the worker that found Patrick in the trash for saving him but......he says he had seen Patrick tied to the rail and how thin he was and he also said the bitch's apt was uninhabitable..............maybe it was time to call animal rescue at that point?????
18 Thursday, 31 March 2011 01:54
Animal Lover
Find it interesting that Kisha Branch is stating Kisha Curtis is her daughter - has it on her facebook page, but then I stumble across a News 12 video that Tammie Curtis is Kisha's mom. Now, I've heard of these kind of people not knowing who the "baby's daddy is" but someone is confused over who the "momma" is too!

Wanna see Kisha cry via teleconference from the jail today with the judge???? Check out the video at:


I am still so flabergasted how a woman who has clearly starved her dog for weeks is trying to get herself out of this by saying "I wasn't the one that put him in the garbage"! I was only gone for a week! LOOK AT YOUR DOG YOU CRACK WHORE! You didn't feed your dog for about a MONTH!!!!!!!

Classic example of low life trash, just lying, making excuses and has the mental intellegence of a rodent!
17 Thursday, 31 March 2011 01:09
Animal Lover
I have seen Kisha Curtis's mom's FB page (Kisha Branch) and it certainly gives you a glimpse of the trash she originated from!!!! First and foremost, she starts her post to say "to all Kisha Curtis "fans"..... UMMM, it's more like "haters"! then goes on to say how God is on her daughter's side. OMG - seriously???? What God would allow her to do what she did????

Kisha Branch, you better get yourself off the crack pipe because you certainly do not know the difference between fans and the whole world hating your daughter right now!!!! It's like you said that with pride! Face the facts... your daughter is a thief, a prostitute, a druggie, an animal abuser and god only knows what else! She starved and neglected a poor and innocent animal and then proceeded to put it in the trash while still alive! Your daughter is the one that should of been starved and thrown down that garbage chute because all she is GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!

And to: Rumpletno Nigganigga Medown (who replied on behalf of Kisha's actions on her mom's FB page): "Ma eff dem crackerz....and da reporters dats filming For dem.....we can handle dis...lol we been thru more wild shyt den dis ....love you and keep ya head up cuz keekee always make it out of trouble " YOU BETTER PUT THE CRACK PIPE DOWN TOO & GET A REAL EDUCATION BECAUSE YOUR "KEE KEE" IS NOT GETTING HERSELF OUTTA THIS! The only "fans" Kisha has right now are the ones high on dope and the prostitution whores she runs with! The dog that you probably knew she had and was abusing and you too, did nothing about has the "REAL FANS" AND PRAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD! It's unbelivable that "creatures" like Kisha Curtis and the one's that defend her actions live amongst us!

See for yourself.......
Normally when someone is facing the wrath of humanity they take down their facebook page to conceal their identity.

But hilariously enough Kisha Curtis cannot take her photos off facebook cause she is in jail and you cant access facebook from jail.

As for her mother I'm frankly disgusted she would claim god is on Kisha's side.
15 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 23:18
She is on Facebook as well as her Mother, who has the same first name and sister.

Per the news, when Kisha was arrested she admitted the dog was hers. Now she is denying it. I hope she has the worst public defender they have.
14 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:46
Kisha Curtis's mom is admitting to her daughter's charges! Kisha needs to suffer the same things Patrick suffered!!!
13 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:41
Cut and Pasted from the Facebook Wall of Kisha Branch - This is Kisha Curtis's mom:
To all yall kisha curtis fans! yes thatz my daughter n i still love her to the end. i no all yall got kids that did stupid shit n dont agree with it. i raise her to love everyone n everything we alwayz had dogs i love pitz. so yall jackazz that judge us can go to hell. because my god would b by her side. so keep ur comments to ur self. n god bless ur to on devil act out..
12 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:20
American Dreamer
KISHA CURTIS is already in state prison for receiving stolen property. She is a known prostitute and theft. They are transferring her from one state prison to another to face the animal cruelty charges tomorrow.
11 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:16
This Kisha Curtis should have the most severe punishment that the law allows for what she did to Patrick. Throwing him away like garbage when he was still breathing is the most inhumane torturous act she could have done under the circumstances. No jail sentence will be long enough. In fact, she'll be fed in jail, have a bed to sleep in, and will be kept well which is a crime in itself considering the crime she committed. Unfortunately, the laws need to be tougher to help the poor animals who can't speak for themselves. Lock her up and throw away the key!! She's not a productive citizen and she will always be known for what kind of a person she really is. God doesn't like ugly!!!
10 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:40
I believe that Mark Ortman is *not* the maintenance worker who found Patrick in the trash, but another building employee, perhaps a super. He is claiming the $2K reward for turning her in and was interviewed whining about the money.
9 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:35
Elizabeth Wall
Your despicable face is spread all around the world - coming from England. You can't hide in your jail cell for long enough.
8 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:01
Bruno Castro
From Portugal... These acts against animals should be punished more severely. It should be a law that is universal that could trie to discourage this kind of acts.
7 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:47
Brian Bellew
Do they have garbage shutes in prison? I bet they do. Hope there isn't an...accident.
6 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:44
Rita V.
This makes my heartache and my stomache hurt..This is truly a 'hate crime against an animal". Kisha Curtis needs to be jailed for 18 months without probation, made to attend anger counseling, never allowed to own a pet again, and at least $10,000.00 fine. We, the people, need to be the voices for the abused animals and have a zero tollerance law for it. This is disgusting, mean and horrible. All Kisha would have had to do is turn the dog over to a humane society if she no longer wanted him.. that simple. Instead, she consciously made the decision to starve, torture and dispose of him while has alive. If this were a human, this woman would be facing a lot stiffer penalty, but animals deserve a stiffer penalty also. They have a soul and feel emotions too.
5 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:38
4 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:27
we should do the same to her what she did to patrick.
3 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 16:53
This is disgusting that this woman could do something so cruel. How could she look into those eyes and deny him food, water and love. Heartless... There is a special place in Hell for you Ms. Curtis.
2 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 16:52
American Dreamer
If you google Kisha Curitis and go to google images she is the African American Girl in the white t shirt whose hair is dyed different flourescent colors. She is hard to miss. She is only around 26 years old.

I suspect that Kisha Curtis may be a prostitute because her last known employment was for an adult entertainment company and she has had no official employment for over a year. Her area of Newark is notorious for prostitution.
1 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:50
Do you have a picture of the person who did this to this poor dog?

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