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.