Thursday, June 23, 2011

Associated Humane Societies to appeal Patrick the pit bull custody ruling

By Eunice Lee, The Star-Ledger

The Associated Humane Societies is appealing a judge’s ruling made earlier this month in the custody battle for Patrick the pit bull. AHS submitted an application June 16 seeking to remove Patrick from Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls.
The application, submitted by attorney Harry Levin on behalf of AHS, says Patrick is being "sequestered" in a place "lacking essential services and conditions to rehabilitate the animal."
AHS also claims that keeping Patrick at the hospital "will result in a ‘constructive adoption’ as a staff member wants to keep the dog." Hospital administrator Patricia Smillie-Scavelli has said she wants to adopt Patrick.
AHS wanted to move Patrick to its facility at Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River but a judge ruled June 2 that the dog should stay at the hospital during the trial of Kisha Curtis.
Curtis, 27, of Newark, was accused of animal cruelty after the 1-year-old pit bull was found starved and weighing just 19 pounds in an apartment Dumpster March 16. He now weighs 44 pounds, the hospital says.

Update June 27, 2011 - The following article is by Eunice Lee, The Star-Ledger:
Associated Humane Societies try to gain custody of Patrick the celebrity pit bull

The Associated Humane Societies had its latest try to gain custody of Patrick the pit bull.
Superior Court Judge Clarkson Fisher Jr. affirmed Thursday that Patrick will stay at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls during the criminal trial of Kisha Curtis, who faces animal cruelty charges. The dog is considered evidence in the case and is now in legal custody of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
AHS applied June 16 to remove Patrick. In the past, humane society officials said they wanted to move the pit bull to its facility at Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River.
The judge, sitting in Newark, said the appeal by AHS was "devoid of evidence even suggesting this dog’s health or welfare are at risk in the hospital where its condition has improved."

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