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Patrick’s Law is on in NJ

Gov. Chris Christie on August 7, 2013, signed “Patrick’s Law,” (S1303) which was named after our beloved and emaciated pit bull found after he had been thrown down a trash chute.  increases penalties for cruelty, for starving an animal…

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/christie_signs_patricks_law_to_increase_animal_cruelty_penalties.html

Kisha Curtis pled guilty to abusing Patrick and will be sentenced on August 29…

http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2013/07/kisha_curtis_owner_of_patrick_the_pit_bull_pleads_guilty_to_animal_cruelty_charge.html

 

Sweet Patrick 

 

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Good Pibble news

Patrick’s Law will finally help other dogs… Patrick could soon have a New Jersey state law named after him. Patrick the Pitbull was found last year starving and abused at the bottom of a garbage chute in a Newark apartment building. Patrick’s owner is charged with animal cruelty, but one lawmaker wants to make those penalties stiffer.

Making animal cruelty laws tougher is important since there is a known correlation between animal abusers and people abusers. People who abuse animals often go on and abuse people… serial killers often have a history of animal abuse.

“According to NJ.com, the new law, aptly referred to as “Patrick’s Law,” or S1303, was approved on Thursday by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Patrick’s Law, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., must pass the full Senate and Assembly in order to become law.

“If today’s approval is any indication, with a 3-0 vote, there is great optimism that this will indeed happen.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/patrick-the-starved-pit-bull-inspires-changes-to-nj-animal-cruelty-laws

Pocket pittie dogs…

Designed by Kathy Voerg, these toys celebrate the variety, resilience and adorability of the classic American mutt, the pit bull.  Red, white, blue; merle, brindle, patched, spotted, speckled, freckled, and everything in between, the pit bull is THE obvious choice for a toy with a line all its own.

Wanted to make a more affordable line of CharlieDogs, something the kiddies could afford, and dedicate it to the dog type that makes up the majority of unwanted, homeless dogs in America’s shelters.

“Made in America”, the first offering will be three pitties sold as a team: one red, one white, one blue.

Look for Pocket Pitties in December!

http://www.charliedogandfriends.com/blogs/news/6573033-new-pocket-pitties-from-charliedog-and-friends

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Justice 4 Patrick

Are we ever going to see Kisha Curtis go to Jail???  will she ever be charged for abandoning, neglecting and starving Patrick nearly to death?  We are patiently waiting for the wheels of justice to play out, but it seems that every time Curtis goes to court, there is another delay in sentencing her. Patrick is safe and being well loved and taken care of, thankfully. AND how long this case is taking to resolve seems endless.  Sigh.  Just want a verdict already.  Was there one today??? Waiting patiently to hear the word. As soon as I see credible, confirmed info, I will post it right here…

 Capt. Yocum of the NJ SPCA

Important that everyone stay focused on the most impotant issue involved in this case, and that is Patrick. Obviously the Defense Attorney will do everything within reach to delay the case moving forward as well as try to use any information he can get that might shine any positive light on his client. Do not over react to media reports or articles that are circulated in the press. The facts and evidence in this case are clear and although it has dragged on for what seems forever, in the end I believe justice will be served. Thank you to the supporters that were in Court today (you all ROCK) Patrick is sound asleep right now and does not have a care in the world. Capt TRULY APPRECIATES all of the continued support for both Patrick and NJSPCA……………Just sayin………….. Capt

 

“An attorney for the woman charged with tossing Patrick the pit bull down a Newark high-rise trash chute last year has filed a motion seeking records from the state Division of Youth and Family Services, about its dealings with her three children…

“Superior Court Judge Joseph Cassini III set the next court date for Aug. 27, when he will decide whether the information, which would otherwise remain sealed, may be used to supplement Curtis’ pretrial intervention application.”

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/woman_charged_with_tossing_pat.html

Kisha Curtis, accused of starving Patrick, is scheduled to be sentenced today at the Essex County Court House in Newark, NJ. Curtis admitted to tying Patrick to a staircase on the 19th floor and leaving him there without food or water when she moved out of the State of NJ but denies throwing Patrick down a garbage chute from the 19th floor of a 22-floor building in Newark, NJ in March 2011.

Kisha Curtis was indicted of a Fourth Degree Animal Cruelty by the New Jersey Grand Jury. Her sentence, if found guilty, can carry up to 18 months in jail and a up to a $10,000 fine. Curtis was made an offer by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office where she would serve up to 18 months in prison, a $5,000 fine and 30 days community service. Curtis is now asking to be placed in a Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI), where she would not have a criminal record for abusing Patrick. She would be rehabilitated to correct her behavioral problems. PTI would reduce the burden on the court and allow resources to be devoted to more serious criminals. This would seem to benefit all involved except for the animals neglected/abused in New Jersey. In this State, it is difficult for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) agents and Animal Cruelty Investigators (ACIs) to prosecute animal abuse cases since the victims and the witnesses are often the animals themselves. 

http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-for-new-jersey-s-patrick-the-pitbull-may-be-only-days-away

http://www.examiner.com/article/kisha-curtis-says-she-abandoned-patrick-but-denies-starving-or-abusing-him

http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid619329501001?bctid=1727708764001&bckey=AQ%7E%7E%2CAAAAPLMIP6E%7E%2CBRrRHTAljlHNUYJqhl35zLecZpp8wkKm

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Patrick’s abuser trial

Latest word from NJSPCA…

 

Patrick Case Update : No decision today, Defense again argued that they needed more time (laughable actually) Continuance date has now been set for July 31st. Do not get angry over yet another delay as the single most important thing in this entire case is Patrick and his well being. As every day passes I firmly believe that it solidifies Patrick’s future with the Scavellis. Capt

 

Tomorrow, Monday, July 9, 2012 will be a BIG day for both Patrick and Lennox… and dog lovers worldwide.

Update: Kisha Curtis trial Monday July 9, 2012

Curtis has asked for pretrial intervention program (PTI), she appears before the judge Monday morning. The judge will grant her the PTI or proceed to sentence her.

If people do not show up in masses, the judge will rule as if it were just one of the many hundreds of animal abuse cases that have come before him so many times.

Kisha Curtis court date:

9:00 am Monday, the Courthouse is located 50 West Market Street

Newark, New Jersey 973-693-5700.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-ironic-one-day-fight-for-life-patrick-and-lennox-face?cid=db_articles

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sweet Patrick

this is such a great video on Patrick on News 12 NJ’s “The Pet Stop”

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scoop on Patrick hearing

Patrick’s Legal Update on 4/23/12: NJSPCA filed multiple animal cruelty charges in March of 2011 against Kisha Curtis. The charges against Curtis were upgraded to more serious charges and the prosecution of the case than was shifted over to the Essex County Prosecutors Office. There have been numerous delays and postponements but the case continues to move forward. Many Defendants request PTI but the odds of Kisha Curtis being successful requesting PTI are very low. NJSPCA will continue to stay focused on the Prosecution of Kisha Curtis and will continue to work with the Essex County Prosecutors Office to that end. NJSPCA also appluads the statements made by Judge Cassini that Patrick is well taken care of and “That Patrick survived is a miracle” and that “Patrick has bonded with his caretakers and his environment” Strong words for a strong dog… Please focus on the animals. Capt

 

well, it seems that AHS has been busy getting in the way with more papers filed still trying to get their greedy paws on Patrick… but the LOVE prevails…

To All: No progress with the Kisha Curtis Criminal case today as the time was spent on AHS’s third (3rd) Brief / Motion that was filed about one month ago, again seeking custody of Patrick. As with the first two requests this was also denied by the Judge who ruled it premature. Patrick will continue to stay with the Scavelli’s until the conclusion of the Criminal case and at that time the Court will rule on Patrick’s permanent custody which the NJSPCA believes should be the Scavelli’s. The next Court date will be posted here when we get it. Capt

from GSVS Hospital

Patrick will remain in our foster care pending the outcome of the criminal case. The Judge in his decision today said that he was satisfied that Patrick was doing well and had no intention of changing his foster care placement at this time.

Judge Cassini on Patrick’s case: “If it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it…”

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/judge_patrick_the_pit_bull_hap_2.html

an anonymous source said,

I thought that you all would appreciate knowing some things from the hearing today.

Some of you may have seen the report on NJ News 12 tonight, but from my notes…

The Judge said, at the outset, that he would not discuss the criminal case today, but instead, would focus on AHS’ petition for possession of Patrick. KC was not in the courtroom.

Harry Levin (AHS’ attorney) acknowledged that, since there has been no adjudication in the Curtis matter AHS’ petition for possession of Patrick is “premature”, but asked that AHS be given an opportunity to hold an “inspection” of Patrick “by experts, to ensure that his circumstance is satisfactory”.

The assistant prosecutor was very strong, and argued that the state is satisfied that Patrick is being well cared for, and that since AHS is not a party to the criminal matter they have no right to inspect Patrick or his circumstance.

The Judge read, for the record, his synopsis of the case thus far, which included the words “Kisha Curtis is still the lawful owner of Patrick” (which is, sadly, the truth). But the Judge also said “I found that AHS does not have any possessive interest in Patrick”. (Happily, that is also the truth, and his finding was upheld by the appellate division).

The Judge also said that it is clear that Patrick is “loved” and well cared for, and that there is “no evidence” that Patrick is in any jeopardy and no reason to believe otherwise. The Judge further said that to allow an inspection of Patrick by AHS would be to “interfere with the custody of Patrick”.

The Judge then said “The question here is about AHS’ fidelity and integrity…what is the nature of AHS? It was a miracle that Patrick survived and is in excellent health, happy and healthy. Patrick is living a life that AHS should hope for every pet. My belief is that if it is not broken, don’t try to fix it”.

I hope that what happened in court today will give you all, as it does me, continued reason for optimism. The assistant prosecutor was excellent, and the Judge is clearly sympathetic to Patrick as a living being. The Judge sees Patrick as more than just “property”, of that I am sure.

and meanwhile, Kisha Curtis wants a pre-trial intervention

http://www.examiner.com/article/kisha-curtis-wants-pre-trial-intervention-the-patrick-ca


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Patrick & Lennox update 2

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/11/for-brooke-justice-for-lennox/  RIP LENNOX

 

Patrick and Lennox are the perfect representatives of how Breed Discrimination harms dogs and the people who love them.

Latest on Lennox

The latest on Lennox: http://positively.com/?p=7229

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/122000-sign-petition-to-save-death-row-dog-lennox-16099959.html

Patrick

NJ SPCA

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has several boxes of faxes and emails that they have received over the last several months. I remain confident that the Prosecutors Office understands the importance of this case and I am hopeful that the Court proceedings will move forward with a positive outcome, most importantly for Patrick. Right now prayers are best and in the near future if I need an ” ANIMAL ARMY” I will let everyone know. Next appearance is this Friday, January 20th…………….. Capt

Man on Animal Planet, Extreme Phobias, overcomes his fear of pit bulls…

http://animal.discovery.com/videos/my-extreme-animal-phobia-puppy-scares-man-to-tears.html

tears…Patrick in March when he was found in the garbage…

Patrick now, a healthy boy thanks to the GSVS Hospital

And the latest news regarding Lennox…

Keep in mind that nothing has been verified** What has been going around is that no decision has been made today and the Judge may have until Jan 21 to reach a decision.

most of us thought the trial date was 11-11-11. they made a mistake on the date his trial has been held off till 1-21-12. lets hope they lift the pit bull ban for the new year and stop killing all the pits and dogs that look like a pit!

as of October 19, 2011, Lennox has been given another reprieve…A point of law has been submitted which the judge will now consider. This could take up to a month. More to follow.

Lennox is still alive

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2011/10/20/stay-of-execution-for-lennox-new-appeal-readied/

Caroline Barnes is a former veterinary nurse, owns other dogs in addition to Lennox and has fostered dogs.

The family was given 21 days to find a legal loophole in decision, to find a point of law on which to base one more appeal.

The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that the family has indeed found such a point of law and says that a spokeswoman for the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has told the newspaper that an appeal will be lodged on behalf of Lennox by Friday.

It has been reported that a source for the Belfast City Council has indicated there will be a stay of execution.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/owners-in-final-bid-to-save-death-row-dog-lennox-16066302.html

(Am no lawyer especially not of Irish law, but could the family sue the Judge, Belfast City Council, people who lied, people who took Lennox away and people who are keeping Lennox away from the girl, etc. for their daughter’s health issues resulting from the inhumane treatment of their dog and threat of his being killed?)

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