On a day when the world's eyes are on the fate of Lennox, we can't forget another beloved dog, Patrick, a victim of the worst of humanity.
As most of us know, Patrick was starved nearly to death and thrown down a trash chute in March 2011, but was luckily found in the nick of time. Since then, his miraculous survival has become a motivating force for animal advocates everywhere.
Patrick's alleged abuser, Kisha Curtis, appeared in court again today, where she faced a fourth-degree cruelty to animals charge.
She admitted to leaving the dog leashed in the hallway of her high-rise building but denies any involvement or charges that she starved, tortured, or harmed him.
In fact, she claims she only had him for two days and that he was doing well before she left him.
She said she was upset after seeing pictures of him emaciated just days later.
She rejected a former offer by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office for up to 18 months in prison, a $5,000 fine, and 30 days community service.
She is now applying for a pre-trial intervention which, if granted, would eventually wipe the criminal charge from her record. Her public defender asked for more time, so the next court date will be July 31.
Curtis said she is happy that the dog recovered and wishes him well, but is embarrassed and still feels a lot of pain.
On a happier note, Patrick is fully recovered from the torture he endured. He isn't feeling pain any longer and is in a wonderful home with the Scavelli's, where the world hopes he will remain for the rest of his life.
We're so glad Patrick is doing well, but we'd like to see Kisha Curtis get the punishment she deserves for how she treated this innocent dog.
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