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Pit-Bull Advocate, Pet Blogger, and Dog Lover Needs Our Help

Although this blog was created originally for basset-related posts, I have deviated many times from posting just about bassets. I’ve posted about cruelty to animals, sweet cat stories, the plight of wild animals, and sweet penguins. Today, I’m deviating even further. I want to ask that my readers would open up their hearts to the plight of a human being.

CeliaSue and Cici


Pet blogger and professional writer CeliaSue and her dog Cici, have written about dogs, pet travel and pit bulls for more than seven years now. CeliaSue put herself through college and worked hard all of her life starting at age 13 when she was the neighborhood babysitter. She grew up middle class and over the years, supported herself with several jobs and projects simultaneously. She achieved her dream of becoming a newspaper reporter and editor and even traveled around the world and interviewed celebrities and best-selling authors. Her life was beyond her expectations until her 50’s when she became very ill with fibromyalgia. And still with the help of a good friend, she relieved most of her painful symptoms (98% over a few years).

CeliaSue’s Accomplishments

She has written numerous times about the former Michael Vick dogs, Patrick (the starved pit-bull dog), Susie (the pit-bull mix that was beaten and set on fire) and many others. She has contributed much and spent many hours doing this labor of love (her blog) for the pit bull and dog loving community with little pay. She has given free publicity to many who have received tangible rewards (sales and media coverage).

The Landlord

Now, she and her dog Cici really need a helping paw UP. They’ve been living in a terrible situation with a hoarder landlord for the past four years. He routinely threatens, harasses, calls her names and lies.  He torments CeliaSue by telling her the dog is hurt or run over. She has had to call the police on him several times. And she has had lawyers write letters asking him to cease and desist from his lewd and bullying behaviors.

He has now retaliated upon CeliaSue for the last police phone call by sending her a 30-day notice (even though by law, she deserves a 60 day notice and it is also illegal for him to retaliate. She was sticking up for her rights). He has even declared that he cannot wait for her to be without her dog and to be sleeping on the street. He laughs and laughs at her plight.

No one deserves to be living under these stressful conditions but she is without a car and living on Social Security retirement and food stamps now. She planned to work into her 70’s and 80s like her parents. It took her two years of being hungry ALL the time to finally apply for food stamps. (She never ever thought she would have to depend upon the government for anything). Now, she lives below the poverty line. She cannot afford to pay $650 a month or more for rent plus utilities and come up with first, last and deposit. Her family has gone to the Great Beyond.

Landlord Woes

Celia is worried about her health and her dog’s well being. She is approaching 65 years old and has osteoarthritis. One night, she was coughing and could not breathe and the landlord would not even extend the courtesy of giving her some water. He called her names and told her that he wanted her to die.

Why is this man so cruel? He drinks. He is dr jekyll and mr hyde and you never know which one is going to surface.  And he thought that by having her as a roommate, he’d get a roommate with benefits. CeliaSue established from the beginning that benefits would not be part of the deal. He has become more and more abusive over time.


CeliaSue’s dog is in danger as well. This creep has opened the gate and left the dog to roam the streets. How can one live under such intolerable conditions? Well when you go from making $35,000+ a year to less than $7,000, I guess you endure a lot. But there’s hope for CeliaSue. She still dreams of helping other women her age (and women over 50 years old who are homeless). She has found out that some cities have created tiny house villages for people to live in. However, these homes cost between $7,000 and $13,000 (with wheels). There’s another less expensive choice for now: A used RV. It only costs $1,500.00. There is a place she could park it (off ground). She and her dog would be safe.

The RV


Have I mentioned that Cici is a pit-bull mix? If CeliaSue ends up in the streets, Cici would be facing going to a shelter, and we all know what happens to pit bulls in shelters—they are the first one killed. Despite the fact that Cici  is a very affectionate dog, she more than likely would not survive, not an 8-year-old pit-bull mix.

How to Help

So, can you look into your heart and help a fellow human being and prevent a dog from going into a shelter. A small donation, any amount will help a destitute woman, soon to be 65 years old, with health issues (osteoarthritis) and suffering with chronic pain. Let us make her golden years without stress. Please click here and help out.

Cici Thanks You

Video: Patrick, the Happy Pit Bull

This is a very old video about Patrick. In the video, Patricia Scavelli talks about her yearnings of having Patrick live permanently with them. We know now that the courts have awarded that wish to them. I am showing it here, because it is a great video of Patrick upclose and personal.


Justice for Patrick, the Pit Bull

We demand justice for Patrick

August 29, 2013, Kisha Curtis will be sentenced by the Judge and the Essex County Court system. We are hoping that the maximum penalty will be implemented.

Dear Mr. Judge, please make sure that Patrick didn’t suffer in vain. Please implement the maximum penalty to Kisha Curtis for her crime against this innocent living being. Let others learn that if you do the crime, you will serve the time.

Kisha Curtis Pleads Guilty to Abusing Patrick, the Pit Bull Thrown 19 Floors into a Garbage Chute

According to the New Jersey’s Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Kisha Curtis entered a guilty plea to animal cruelty. Ms. Curtis was to have a trial by jury for allegations that of cruelty against Patrick, the pit bull. The guilty plea was not part of a deal and the assistant prosecutors handling the case say they will seek the maximum penalty of 18 months. Currently, Ms. Curtis faces a maximum sentence of 18-months in jail, a $5,000 fine, and community service. It will be up to the judge to decide what the sentence will be. Ms. Curtis is currently free on bail and is set to be sentenced on August 29.

Ms. Curtis was accused of tying the then 1-year-old puppy to a railing in the hall of her Newark apartment and abandoning him without food and water, which, up to yesterday, she continuously denied.

On  March 16, 2011, the building custodian found the emaciated puppy stuffed in a trash bag at the bottom of a garbage chute in the apartment building. Ms. Curtis denied any wrong doing for the past 2.5 years. The puppy was rushed to the AHS hospital, wherein, a kind veterinarian found the puppy’s eyes pleading for life. She gave him first aid and let nature decide his fate. Patrick was found still alive on morning of March 17, and he was named Patrick, in honor of St. Patrick’s day.

Patrick was rushed  to Garden State Veterinary Specialists (GSVS), where he was nurtured and taken care of. Patrick is also a symbol for the plight against animal neglect and abuse. There are movements to name antianimal abuse laws for him. He currently lives with the owner–veterinarian  of GSVS and his wife. There’s a movement to encourage AHS to allow his foster family to adopt him.

Will Kisha Curtis Ever Have a Trial?

Once again, the trial that so many animal advocates were waiting for is delayed. The trial of Kisha Curtis, the alleged abuser of the pit bull named Patrick has been rescheduled for July 30, 2013 (1:30 pm). From what I understand, it will be a jury trial. As soon as I get more information, I will updated this blog.
Patrick is eagerly awaiting for his day in court!

Kisha Curtis (Alleged Abuser of Patrick, the Miracle Dog) Expected to Face a Trial

On May 24, 2013, Kisha Curtis, 29, of Newark, appeared with her attorney, Mark Rojas, in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, NJ. and rejected the state’s plea offer of 18 months in prison, forfeiture of the dog and fees in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of fourth-degree animal cruelty. Ms. Curtis will go on trial on July 9, 2013. If she is convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison. There is a possibility, however, that, under a fourth-degree charge, she may not be incarcerated.

Ms. Curtis claims that she did not abuse the dog, who is now known as Patrick and is in a loving home. Patrick was found emaciated and near death in a garbage chute inside a plastic garbage bag. He was thrown down the chute from the 19th floor and miraculously survived the fall. He was rescued the day before 2011’s St. Patrick’s Day. He was taken to the Garden State Veterinary Specialists where he received great care and has now fully recovered.

Hearing for the pretrial motions is set for June 28. There is also an ongoing civil suit between the city of Newark and Associated Humane Societies (AHS). AHS claims custody of Patrick. However, Patrick is currently in a loving home. He is content with his current family. The civil suit, which is currently on hold, will resume after the criminal trial is resolved.

A Jury Trial for the Alleged Dog Abuser

Kisha Curtis

Kisha Curtis wanted a Pre-Trial Intervention, which would have enabled her to have the criminal offense to be erased from her record if she were to satisfactorily complete the program. Ms. Curtis, however, had other previous criminal charges, which immediately disqualified her from the program. She will have a jury trial in the criminal court. The date when the trial will commence will be decided on May 24.

Meanwhile, Patrick, the pit-bull mix Ms. Curtis  allegedly abused is living a happy life with a family that loves him and he loves them back.

Kisha Curtis, Patrick’s Alleged Abuser’s Day in Court

Patrick, needs your support.

Patrick, first moments in emergency care.

Two years ago, on March 16, a young pit-bull mix was thrown down in a garbage shoot from the 19th floor of a 22 floor apartment building. His body was dehydrated and the animal was starved. He was taken for dead. But as the maintenance man was preparing the pile of garbage for permanent removal, he perceived some movement inside the dark plastic bag, and lucky for Patrick, the man chose to investigate it. The man called the NJ SPCA and the dying dog was taken to the NJ Associate Human Society’s vet hospital. There, the veterinarian saw some spark in the animal’s eye, a sort of yearning to live. She chose to give him life-giving fluids than to euthanize him (a procedure that is the norm in cases such as his), and promised him that, if he’d manage to live through the night, he’d be transported to the nearest emergency care facility. The next day, was St. Patrick’s Day, and the pit bull survived. He was named Patrick and was transported to the GSVS Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ.

Patrick Today

Kisha Curtis

Patrick was a real miracle. Not only did he survive, but he thrived and was gentle despite the horrific abuse he went through his first year of his life.

Massive globs of hair were found in his intestines, a result of his trying to eat anything he could find to keep alive.

After some investigation, it was discovered that Ms. Keisha Curtis was the rightful owner to Patrick, and although she claims that she did not throw Patrick in the garbage chute (and she has an alibi, as she was out of town during the time he was thrown into the chute), nonetheless, she was charged with animal cruelty for not feeding the dog and not providing proper care for him while she was gone.

Apparently, she tied him to the staircase railway with some food and water (not enough to last for the time she was to be gone). Ms. Curtis was able to postpone her trial a few times. It’s been 2 years, and she still has not have had her day in court. Her newest date is set for May 3, 2013 at 9 am at the Essex County Superior Court in Newark, NJ.

Patrick’s Miracle page on Facebook is requesting that anyone who is able to attend the trial to be there, to show his or her support for this dog who has caught so many people’s heart. According to the staff or Patrick’s Miracle, Kisha Curtis’s defense team is counting on the fact that, as two years have passed since the outrageous news were the buzz of the Internet, the public has moved on and is no longer as interested in this case. If that proves to be true, the Court may not have much incentive to send the right message and give Ms. Curtis the harsh sentence she deserves. Too many times, animal abuse cases are practically swept under rug. We need to show that we, the animal rescuers and animal activists do not accept animal abuse of any sort. We must show that we are strong and are outraged at such uncaring behavior. So, if you live near the Essex County Court, please try to attend. Show your support and be there for Patrick.

Here’s the address:

Friday, May 3 at 9 a.m.

Essex County Superior Court

50 West Market Street

Newark, NJ

Judge Joseph C. Cassini III.

Pit Bull Pup Dragged by Car and Thrown in a Dumpster, Makes Miraculous Recovery

Of all the breeds of dogs, one of the most misunderstood and abused is the pit bull. They are always pictured as vicious dogs, which is the farthest from the truth. Pit bulls naturally are loving dogs. Look at the photo of my grandchildren and their pit bull. Nothing can be warmer than a loving dog. In fact, up to the beginning of the 20th century, pit bulls were used as “nanny dogs.” (The link will direct you to lots of photos of pit bulls and their charges.) A famous abused pit bull is Patrick. Patrick has been cited in this blog so many times, just follow this link to see them all. Unfortunately, I need to blog about the newest case of pit-bull abuse that absolutely turned my stomach. Some of the photos will be hidden because they are so graphic, but you are welcome to see them by just clicking on the “Read the rest of this entry… »” link that will follow this story.

A 1-year-old pit-bull mix, who later on was named Freckles by his rescuers, was starved, dragged by a car, and then tossed in a dumpster in Baltimore, MD, to die. An unidentified passerby called the animal control when moaning sounds from the puppy were heard from the dumpster.

Freckles was quickly rushed to the Essex Middle River Veterinary Center. Upon examining him, the veterinarians determined he not only had been starved down to 30 pounds and abused, but he was also dragged behind a vehicle. The poor pup had huge chunks of his skin and bone exposed. Moreover, after X-rays were performed, it was discovered that he had just a bunch of foreign material in his stomach—money, metal objects and other things.

Jennifer Smith, president of Noah’s Arks Rescue (please LIKE their Facebook page), a rescue group based in Okatie, S.C., volunteered to take over the care of Freckles, and the group is currently collecting donations to pay for his medical needs.

Freckles’ condition, thankfully has greatly improved. He, according to Smith, is now eating treats and attempting to “talk” by barking. So far, his vitals are stable s far. However, he might lose one of his badly damaged front legs. He is currently at the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (please LIKE their Facebook page) in South Carolina, where he is receiving the medical care he needs.

Like Patrick, this 1-year-old pup is a fighter who wants to live. He is lucky enough that he found humans who care and will work hard for his well being.

If you’d like to donate to his cause, please click here

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It’s Official: Michael Vick Owns a Dog

It is official, Michael Vick owns a dog. The Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback served 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges and has not expressed an iota of empathy towards the dogs he killed and harmed. The ASPCA has expressed serious concerns about Vick’s ability to own animals:

Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the wellbeing of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. Rather than talk about the horrors and brutalities of dog fighting, Vick has instead chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught. Vick’s actions have been simply self-serving and not remotely expressing remorse. Because of this, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.

In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, Vick stated that his children pine after having a dog: “I still deal with my kids each and every day, and for the last three years, not being able to have a dog, because of my acts, I just don’t think that’s fair.” Mr. Vick however, doesn’t talk about the unfairness he has enacted:

He killed 13 dogs by hanging, shooting, electrocuting, and slamming them repeatedly on the ground. And let us not forget that he engaged in horrific acts such as throwing family pets into the ring for dogs to attack, along with the more garden-variety abuse of fighting dogs.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about the fact that Mr. Vick owns a dog. The truth was uncovered when this picture that showed an opened box of dog biscuits on his table. was inadvertently was sent out via his Twitter account:

Then, after he realized that a secret was unearthed, the picture was removed and a reacted photo that did not show the tell-tale box of dog biscuit was placed instead:

Nonetheless, the public was incensed and Mr. Vick made his announcement official:

I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.

I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.

Let’s hope this new dog will be loved and cherished the way all dogs and pets deserve to be loved.

Let us not forget the dogs that Michael Vick destroyed and the dogs that have been saved and are now loved by other responsible and loving people. And, furthermore, let us not forget the dogs that have not been able to be rehomed and are living their lives in the Best Friends Sanctuary.

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