Trial date set in New Jersey animal cruelty case

May 25, 2013 10:09:41 AM PDT
A trial date has been set for the woman charged in a case of cruelty to a pit bull in New Jersey.

The Essex County prosecutor's office said Friday that a trial has been set for July 9 for 29-year old Kisha Curtis of Newark

She is accused of tying the dog to the railing in her former Newark apartment building, then leaving the state for more than a week in 2011.

The dog was later found near death in a plastic bag at the bottom of a trash chute.

Curtis is not accused of placing the dog in the chute. She has denied the charges against her and rejected a plea offer.

The dog, known as Patrick, survived.

Images of his emaciated body and subsequent recovery inspired an international outpouring of support.