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Newark pit bull recovering from starvation after being found in trash

pitbullpatrick032411_optBY BOB HOLT

Maintenance workers at the Garden Spires apartment building in Newark were pulling garbage out of a chute and putting it into a compactor on March 16 when they noticed one of the bags was moving.

That probably saved the life of Patrick, a New Jersey pit bull.

The City of Newark Animal Control was contacted and Animal Control Officer Arthur Skinner picked up the dog and brought him directly to the Associated Humane Society. reports that after a brief time at the Society's Newark facility, he was ambulanced to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls -- a referral hospital with 24 hour emergency care.

Fox News reported Patrick was found so brutalized his bones protruded from his fur and he had no body temperature. Animal care workers are calling it one of the worst cases of cruelty they've ever seen.

AHS spokeswoman Karen Powell said the pit bull mix, believed to be 1 to 2 years old, was transported to the 24-hour Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, N.J., where staff pumped him with fluids and covered him with heating blankets.

Katharine Palmer, an emergency critical care specialist at the animal hospital, told that Patrick will remain in the intensive care unit for a few more days before being transferred to the regular ward. After that, he will go to a pet foster care program and will be available for adoption.

The dog was later named "Patrick" because he made it through the night and into St. Patrick's Day.

According to, society staffers visited Patrick on March 22nd. When Patrick came in to Garden State Veterinary Specialists, he was given an ultrasound, was examined by an internist and a neurologist. Patrick is on antibiotics and pain meds. Dr. Scavelli at Garden State said that had Patrick not come in when he did, he would have died within 6-12 hours.

Donations from as far away as Germany, Italy and England are pouring in to help the animal. People can donate to Patrick’s medical costs here.

The New Jersey ASPCA is investigating the crime and searching for a suspect in the case. A $2,000 reward is being offered for any information on the crime.

Comments (9)
9 Thursday, 14 April 2011 11:20
I am so grateful that Patirck was found in time to save his precious life and all I wish for his owner is to be locked up forever and starved to death. She should be PUNISHED to the maximum because if she can do this to a defenseless animal, she can very well do this to a human being. Shame on her and I hope she has a miserable life forever for what she did. I am praying for Patrick every day and I know he will get a good home eventually. He deserves the best life ever for the despicable things that he went through.
8 Friday, 08 April 2011 10:40
mr kitty

There is NO excuse for this type of treatment to occur and those that did it need to be locked in a cage and fed only kibble and water! The outpouring of support to this little fellow is amazing and shows to me that there still are decent humans left wandering the earth!
7 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 00:17
Rick Johnson
Hang her
6 Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:55
S. Jayne Jones
Karen, That's ditto from me..."Vengenance is mine sayeth the Lord." Starvation comes full circle they say, so Curtis should get what she deserves from her sin and evil behavior...Prison should give her plenty of time to think about her lack of decency.
5 Saturday, 26 March 2011 17:08
garry k
Kisha Curtis is on facebook
4 Saturday, 26 March 2011 15:47
Patrick, may the guardian angel that kept you alive continue to carry you through the speedy recovery that you deserve. We all pray for you to pull through and have a happy, healthy, loving family to take you into their home, where you can frolic and play, eat til your hearts content, and sleep on a warm bed at night with someone to cuddle. My heart and home is open to you. My two dogs snuggle with me everyday and would love to have you join us. To the heartless human being that did this, there is "NO" justice that could ever be served for what you have done, 6 months or $1000.00 will never be enough after the torture you put him through. The world has watched the will for survival in this sweet boy, keep fighting and stay strong for you really are LOVED. You will "survive", as we all pray for you.
3 Saturday, 26 March 2011 13:14
linda & garry Koch
We are all angry about the treament of Partick, no animal deserves this, we can all hope that this person will get justice, but we all must think about Partick now, how and why did he survive, Becasue he has angels and someone above that wants Partick to tell his story, this precious little boy is now on his way to survival, those of you that are caring for Patrick, keep his updates on line, and speak out loud for him, his story MUST be told,
We must all say prayers for this precious fur angel,
2 Friday, 25 March 2011 17:49
Laurice Teague
Patrick has became my hero & inspiration. I pray for his full recovery & to be able to know true love in his life. God has brought him this far for a reason, He is still at his side. As for the dirtbag that starved this beautiful forgiving soul, I pray to God that whatever took you to this place to be so cruel, somehow changes in your heart, & you ask Him for forgiveness. If not, then I know you will be judged appropriately.
Fight the fight Patrick....Live, Love, & Bark dammit as loud as you can!!
1 Friday, 25 March 2011 11:42
I hope like hell they catch the monsters that did this to him. Probably a 'loser' in a fight, and that is his punishment. Well, I think their punishment should be about the same, even if it is too good for them. Put them in a cell, with a larger, tougher person. Let them fight it out. Then, leave him in the cell for a few days with no food, a bit of water, and the person who whipped his behind, walking by the cell, not knowing if they will enter, finishing the job.
That, my friends IS justice for a monster like this!!!

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