Arrest made in case of dog dumped down trash chute

Patrick the miracle dog (Garden State Veterinary Specialists)

March 28, 2011 1:09:22 PM PDT
Authorities have filed charges in connection with the abuse of an emaciated pit bull in Newark.

Kisah Curtis, 28, is accused of dumping the year old pup down a trash chute at Garden Spires Apartments in Newark.

A maintenance man found the dog barely alive and hardly moving in the trash chute and called animal rescue.

Veterinarians caring for the dog estimated he would have died within hours if he hadn't received medial treatment. The dog has been named "Patrick" because he made it through the night and into St. Patrick's Day.

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals has charged Curtis with four counts of animal cruelty.

She faces up to 6 months in jail, a thousand dollar fine or community service

Curtis denies that she disposed on the pit bull into the garbage chute, but the NJSPCA said Curtis has admitted to failing to provide proper sustenance and abandonment, and that is why she was been charged accordingly.

The dog was being treated for anemia and malnutrition at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.

Kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Asbury Park heard Patrick's story and sent dozens of get well and get fat cards. Someone created a Facebook page for him, and small donations are pouring in to help pay for his recovery, which will be a long road.

You can learn more about Patrick and how to help on the Garden State Veterinary Specialists website at and at

Anyone with information on the crime to call the NJSPCA tip line at 1-800-582-5979.

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