On March 16, Patrick was half-dead. Someone put him in a garbage bag and threw him down 19 floors to be incinerated. Despite it all, Patrick was a lucky dog. He moved in the bag, the maintenance man saw it, opened the bag, and saw Patrick. This man could have left the dog there and let him die. But he did the right thing. He called the animal control people (AHS).
Once in the hands of AHS, and in the condition that Patrick was in, his fate could have been sealed. Usually, euthanasia is administered in cases of dogs who are so near death as Patrick was. But the veterinarian in charge, Dr. Lisa Bongiovani, saw something in Patrick’s eyes. She saw his desire to live. She saw that, despite being so emaciated and dehydrated, and even despite having fallen 19 floors, Patrick managed to survive. So, she did the right thing. She tried (successfully) to bring life to him.
Now, Kisha Curtis, the person who neglected him, the person who didn’t provide food and water to Patrick. She didn’t do the right thing. She claims that she couldn’t afford to take care of him. So, she let him starve, she let him slowly die. She tied him to staircase and didn’t pay any attention to him. Forget about playing with him. She didn’t GIVE HIM SUSTENANCE.
Kisha Curtis’s trial is coming up. It is set for Friday, May 6, 2011. You can do the right thing for Patrick. Ask the judge who is assigned to this trial to implement the harshest penalty available by law. Write letters, fax letters, send e-mails, or call. Here’s the information you need:
Honorable Joseph C. Cassini, III
Superior Court of New Jersey
Criminal Division—Essex County
10th Floor, Room 1008
50 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Include this information in your letter.
Re: Kisha C. Curtis, Defendant
Prosecutor’s Case No. 11002173
Torture, Neglect, and Abandonment of Dog now known as “Patrick”
cc: Carolyn A. Murray, Esq.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor
Veterans Courthouse, 3rd Floor
50 W. Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102–1690
If you prefer, you may send it as a fax to (973) 242-4901