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Patrick: Abuser Located and Charged

Patrick, near death

Photo: AHS

Tinton Falls, NJ – It’s the news that thousands have been anxiously awaiting – the person that starved Patrick to the brink of starvation and subsequently threw his body down a trash chute, has been found.

According to Fox News, Kisha Curtis of Newark, 28, was charged Friday with two counts of abandonment and two counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to the animal.

Curtis is the alleged owner of the emaciated dog that was found by a maintenance worker on March 16 in an apartment complex trash bin.

Patrick was within hours of death at the time that he was discovered – in fact, the photos taken initially look like those of a corpse.

Curtis faces two criminal counts and two civil counts, which could result in up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine and community service if convicted.

Patrick continues to get stronger with each passing day. The dog has been treated by Garden State Veterinary Specialists and his progress is shared on their Facebook fan page, as well as on his own Facebook page, The Patrick Miracle.

As for Curtis, she claims that she could no longer care for the dog, but denies throwing his body down the trash chute.

As more information becomes available, it will be shared.

Authorities are urging anyone with information on the crime to call the NJSPCA tip line at 1-800-582-5979.


Examiner Note: It’s incredible that this woman only faces a meager fine OR a short time in jail for this horrific act of cruelty. Animal cruelty laws need to be improved – slaps on the wrist for such abuse are not sufficient.

By Penny Eims  -  Dog News Examiner

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Responsible Pet Ownership


Owning a pet is not just a privilege – it’s a responsibility. These animals depend on us for food and shelter and deserve much more. Bringing home a pet is a serious commitment to caring for and loving one of God’s creatures. Responsible pet ownership begins with doing your research before adoption Millions of pets end up in animal shelters because their owners realize the commitment is too great. Before adopting a pet, make sure your lifestyle permits you to properly care for the pet of your choosing.

The American Kennel Club and its sponsors have named February as Responsible Pet Owners Days. The AKC has written a list of promises for dog owners to agree and adhere to as responsible people. Most of these promises can work for other pets as well, just substitute your pet for the word dog.


As a dog owner, I promise:

I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize that my dog’s welfare is totally dependent on me.

I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog.

I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.

I will take pride in my dog’s appearance with regular grooming.

I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably sit, stay and come when called.

I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen by being aware of my responsibility to my neighbors and to the community.

I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation appropriate for my dog’s age, breed and energy level is provided.

I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoo or microchip ID.

I will adhere to local leash laws.

I will never put my comfort or schedule over my pet’s safety or needs.

I will do whatever I can in my power to keep my dog safe and from harm at all times including supervision, fencing, and keeping him away from menacing animals, vehicles, chemicals and harmful surroundings. (Small dogs generally need more supervision than large dogs.)

You can sign the Pet Promise by going to the AKC site and Responsible Pet Owners Days.

It’s up to us as responsible pet owners to reach the public and encourage and teach all pet owners on how to ensure happy and safe lives for their pets. We owe our pets the care they deserve and the unconditional love they give to us.

Read more: Responsible Pet Ownership – The Pet Wiki

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