Miracle Dog: Near-Dead Pit Bull Found in NJ Garbage Compactor Wins Hearts with Story of Survival (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on April 9, 2011
A tortured, starved pit bull has defied the odds and cheated death after he was found nearly dead in a New Jersey garbage compactor last month.
Named Patrick, the small dog’s miraculous road to recovery is being followed by thousands on his Facebook page. He continues to thrive.
The evil cruelty demonstrated by some people is indeed sickening — there’s a special hell in store for them — and the dog’s now-former owner, Kisha Curtis, has been arrested and charged with two fourth-degree offenses for “tormenting and torturing” an animal.
A New Jersey pit bull found starving and barely alive inside an apartment building garbage chute is being called by animal care workers one of the worst cases of cruelty they’ve ever seen.
The case of Patrick the pit bull has inspired donations from strangers as far away as Europe who want to help care for the animal found so brutalized his bones protruded from his fur and he had no body temperature.
Maintenance workers pulling garbage out of a chute and into a compactor at a Newark apartment complex found the dog March 16 when they noticed one of the bags moving.
Newark Animal Control was called to the Garden Spires apartment building — a 550-unit complex notorious for drug trade — and found the dog severely dehydrated and near death, a spokesperson for the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park told FoxNews.com.
“It was absolutely horrendous,” said Karen Powell, an AHS spokeswoman. “I have seen a lot in my career but this put me over the edge.”
Associated Press: First Person: Pet Lovers Step Up for Abused Dog
From Yahoo News, Pit bull abandoned in NJ gains worldwide following:
NEWARK, N.J. – When an emaciated pit bull found at the bottom of a trash chute in New Jersey was rushed to a veterinary emergency room last month, doctors there thought he would be dead within the hour.
Instead, the scrappy pup, nicknamed Patrick, has defied the odds and is getting stronger by the day.
“He is a tremendous fighter,” said Dr. Thomas Scavelli, the director and founder of the Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the pet hospital in Tinton Falls where Patrick is being treated. “There are very few animals, or any life form, that could have gone through and survived what he has, and really never looked back.”
Hospital staffers, who named the dog for his reddish fur and because he was found the day before St. Patrick’s Day, have been chronicling his progress on their website and a Facebook page that has garnered fans from around the world. He’s received hundreds of emails, donations, gifts and letters from those inspired by his tale of survival.
When Patrick was brought to the hospital after being rescued by officials at the Associated Humane Societies, he was so starved, emaciated and dehydrated he was curled into a ball, unable to walk or stand. His ribcage protruded, he weighed about 20 pounds — roughly 30 pounds less than average — and was covered in sores with parts of skin hanging off him, according to Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, Thomas Scavelli’s wife and 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? How can you, when he’s not giving up on life? So, we gave him that second chance, and he has just run with it, and thrived.”
Today, after weeks of emergency measures that included a transfusion of three pints of dog blood, a special diet, medicine and physical therapy, Patrick continues gaining weight — currently weighing just over 29 pounds — is finally eating solid food, and enjoys taking outdoor walks in the sun and playing with the many toys that well-wishers have sent him.
“This is not a month of starvation,” Thomas Scavelli said. “This is a lifetime probably, or at least months and months of neglect, and to see the way he cares for people and trusts people, that’s really been the most interesting and rewarding thing to see about the canine spirit.”
Kisha Curtis of Newark was charged with two fourth-degree offences for “tormenting and torturing” an animal by failing to provide food and water, prosecutors said. The charges could carry a maximum jail sentence of 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000. She also faces two abandonment charges punishable by up to six months in jail with a $1,000 fine.
Authorities said Curtis tied the dog to a railing in her Newark apartment building and left the state for more than a week. A janitor later found the emaciated dog in a trash bin.
Curtis, who was released on bail, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Curtis’ mother told reporters at her daughter’s court hearing that the dog had been given to Kisha but she could not take care of it, so she’d tied it up outside hoping somebody else would take it.
Now, the dog that prosecutors say had been left for dead has been inundated with adoption offers.
Animal welfare officials are warning people touched by Patrick’s story to beware of donation scams that are using his image and story to raise funds. The Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey is urging anyone wishing to donate to make sure they give to legitimate charities that help animals.
Meanwhile, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, has started a fundraising drive to build a new state-of-the-art city animal shelter in Patrick’s name, to ease overcrowding and call attention to the plight of abused or homeless animals.
These two homemade videos of Patrick’s near-death condition and his struggle to thrive are not for the weak at heart — be prepared for some grisly photos.
Patrick the Miracle Dog
Patrick – Road to Recovery as of March 21, 2011