Don’t even get me going even more than I already am…wait. Go ahead. I’ll be as angry as I wanna be about the abuse this poor little baby pup had to endure. It simply breaks my heart. I can’t imagine any of you think this is just a trivial situation.
I’m posting this in case some of my friends and readers outside of the U.S. haven’t heard about darling Patrick, the one-year old pitbull who was so (allegedly?) savagely abused by Kisha Curtis in Newark, New Jersey. I’ve been following Patrick’s story since it broke almost two weeks ago.
Now this horrid thing is pleading not guilty, (along with her mother sayin’, “not MY daughter!” in so many words) to starving and then tossing this baby down the garbage shoot like a piece of trash.
NEWARK — A Newark woman accused of tying up a 1-year-old pit bull and then leaving New Jersey pleaded not guilty today to animal cruelty charges.
Public defender Regina Lynch entered the plea on behalf of Kisha Curtis, 27, who is in the Essex County Jail, during Curtis’ first appearance via video conference today in Superior Court in Newark.
Curtis faces two counts of tormenting and torturing a living creature by failing to provide sustenance and two counts of abandonment, said Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Cheryl Cucinello.
After the hearing, Tammie Curtis said her daughter left the dog, whose rescuers named him Patrick, tethered at the Garden Spires apartments in Newark and went to Albany, N.Y.
“Anybody would take that dog,” the mother said. “If she tied the dog, she didn’t leave the dog to die.”
Patrick was tied to a stairway railing with a leather leash, Mark Ortman, a security guard at the 520-unit complex, said today in a phone interview. He said residents started complaining about the dog about a month and a half ago.
“It would whimper, and it would yelp when you would come up to it,” Ortman said.
Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez kept Curtis’ bail at $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash and forbid her to have contact with pets.
If convicted, Curtis faces 18 months in prison, a $3,000 fine and community service.
When a custodian found Patrick on March 16, the dog was no longer tethered but inside a trash bag at the bottom of a 22-story garbage chute.
Since then, the starved pit bull has been recovering at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls.
Though not ready for adoption, Patrick has gained two pounds, and he barks and wags his tail, hospital administrator Patricia Smillie-Scavelli said.
Here are a couple of links for you to keep track of Patrick; you can also follow his progress on several Facebook pages. I urge you to stay informed.
Patrick is NOT out of the woods by a long shot. He may have an intestinal obstruction as well as a weak heart. Please do try to stay up to date with his progress; I know I will.