Kisha Curtis Gets Probation—Patrick Gets Lifetime of Happiness

Kisha Curtis had her day in court and was spared by the judicial system. She did not get the maximum sentence that many animal rescue advocates were hoping for (18-months in jail, a $5,000 fine, and community service). She received probation. According to the judge, Curtis will be required to serve 18 months probation and forfeit her right to Patrick. She’ll also be required to pay nearly $2,000 to the New Jersey ASPCA, which gave the Patrick emergency care before he was moved to a veterinary hospital in Tinton Falls.

In issuing the sentence, the judge said the dog survived and is now thriving. Moreover, according to the judge, this case led to tougher penalties for animal cruelty. The judge also said that Curtis was unlikely to commit such a crime again. Let us hope so.

I guess we still live in a world wherein an animal’s well being is still not respected. Animals are still viewed as property and not as individual living beings with feelings. We made some progress, we just need bigger steps. We need to understand that starving a living being to the brink of death is a HUGE crime, not something to brush under the rug. I am not happy with the outcome. I don’t think that Ms. Curtis has learned her lesson. Hopefully, she will never get a pet again. However, I do respect the law and if that’s what the court decided, I will just have to learn to live with it. But I will continue to fight for animal rights and report animal abuse.

On a happier note, the court system granted Dr. and Mrs. Scavelli, the veterinarian and wife duo who treated Patrick back to health and then fostered him in their loving home for 2 1/2 years, full custody of Patrick. Patrick will continue to live for the rest of his life in the only home he knows, the only home that loved him and cherished him. There is some justice for Patrick, just not full justice.


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  1. I think she should have to go to animal shelters and take care of the neglected and unwanted animals. Make restitution to the people that saved Patrick. I am sooo glad Patrick has the opportunity to enjoy a loving family and a good home. Thank you for accepting Patrick. All dogs need that chance.

  2. Probation!!!! That’s it!!!! She threw him away like trash hoping he would die. And she gets probation and a small fine!!! What is this world coming to. She will probably do it again but to a child. Come on laws get your s@&@ together and start punishing these people who purposely hurt animals.

  3. I am so happy for the Scavellis but disgusted and deeply disappointed that Kisha received no punishment for her abuse of Patrick. I am losing faith in our justice system. I guess the important thing in all of this is, Patrick started a movement and we will not be silenced. Thank you heavenly father for bringing Patrick to the Scavelli family and allowing him to have a beautiful life; which all fur babies deserve.

  4. I figured this scuzbag would get off. The judge was wrong, dead wrong. This woman should have been barred from ever owning an animal again, in addition to what she got. And this heifer has children. Don’t you know what they’ll grow up to be. I know somewhere, someday, this she-scum will be held accountable in a higher “court”. I hope that someday, when she’s old & infirm, that her children stick her in a horrible place & leave her to die. ‘Nuff said.

  5. Until the judges uphold the punishments it wont matter how harsh we make the penalty. Torture is torture and the pain felt is not lessened because it is an animal. I am reminded of the republican senator that voted against gay marriage until his son told him he was gay. Then the senator had a change of heart. I am sure if this judge were an animal lover and his dog was abused like this it would be a different story. We need smart and self aware people on the bench that can empathize and understand what suffering is and punish those that cause it. There is so much suffering in the world, too much. Taking a stand and punishing those that cause suffering is just as important as forgiving.

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