Patrick the Dog Stays in Tinton Falls, Judge rules

A bid to move the now-famous pit bull to Forked River was denied in Superior Court in Newark.

 remains at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists (GSVS) in Tinton Falls after a judge Thursday denied a request to move him to a zoo in Forked River.

Judge Joseph Cassini III ruled against the request by the Associated Humane Society to move the rescued pit bull to Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River while the dog's alleged abuser, Kisha Curtis of Newark, stands trial for animal cruelty. Cassini said the Patrick was receiving adequate care at GSVS, where he is recovering, nine weeks after being found tossed out with the trash in Newark. His story continues to be followed on the media circuit—in newspapers as far away as Ireland—and on the Internet. Blogs, postings, even new songs dedicated to Patrick on YouTube continue to surface. It seems many need their Patrick fix and continue to follow his progress.

Thursday's hearing addressed a custody battle between the GSVS, Associated Humane Societies (AHS) and the city of Newark, according to the Associated Press. AHS, which has an animal care center in Tinton Falls, filed a motion seeking to overturn a judge’s earlier order that Patrick stay at GSVS, and the AP reported that AHS claims it has legal ownership of the dog.

he commented on the possible legal proceedings.

As for what is in Patrick’s best interests, Sanchez said, “All we want is what is best for the dog.” Sanchez also said that Patrick “should be able to be a normal dog.”

“He was cheated out of his whole life and he should be able to slip into anonymity,” Sanchez said, adding that he thought the dog should be adopted anonymously.

“We’re the ones who decided to save the dog,” Sanchez said of the AHS. “He wasn’t famous when we saved him.” Sanchez said that AHS workers decided to bring him to GSVS because the clinic provides 24-hour care.

But some believe that Patrick shouldn’t be moved from GSVS, including one Web site that has a petition by the Concerned Supporters of Patrick The Miracle Dog, which has been signed from people all over the world.

The petition reads: “We do not believe that it would be in Patrick's best interest for him to be moved from Garden State Veterinary Specialists where he has been receiving loving care since he was found. We believe that he should remain at GSVS, where he has been thriving, until he is legally adopted.” As of May 24, the petition had 2,578 signatures.

One poster from the United Kingdom signed the petition and wrote on May 22: “Patrick should stay with someone he already knows and loves if they can give him all needs. GSVS staffer fits that bill.”

Another supporter from Iowa wrote on May 23, “I hope everyone will love Patrick enough to let him be adopted by the people he knows and loves for these many months, who've been there from the beginning, nursing him back to health. It's the only right and reasonable thing to even think about doing for him. Please, everyone, love him enough to let him stay with the GSVS staffer.”

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has raised $15,907 to build an animal shelter in Newark in honor of Patrick. His is about 32 percent of the way reaching his target goal of $50,000.

Janice caso May 25, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Teresa, Patrick would not live at the hospital permanently. He will go home with the staffer when he is better. They are not making him a mascot, just letting him live with the person who has bonded with him the most. I don't understand why anyone would think he is a permanent fixture at the hospital.
amalia murphy May 25, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Patrick needs to stay at GSVS!!! plain and simple!
Marie May 25, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Alex May 25, 2011 at 08:32 PM
You did not mention that obviously Mrs. Scavelli, wife of Dr. Scavelli and administrator of GSVS wants to adopt Patrick. You did not mention the " history " of ahs, as for example to be read here: www.state.nj.us/sci/ahs.shtm ( New Jersey State Commission of Investigation report on AHS ) or: www.nbcnewyork.com Violations Mount up for Newark Animal Shelter and so on. AHS should spend the money they spend now for their attorneys better to care more for their shelter-animals. If someone wants to know why people all around the world want Patrick to stay with the one who loves him and can also take best medical care for him, then read this: Is AHS really looking out for Patrick's welfare ? ( bhrescue.com ) Written by Edith S. Baker
Alex May 25, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Hi Jutta- I agree totally with you ! Perfect written. I am German also !!
Janice Bernath May 25, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Agree 100 percent! Patrick should be with the person who's been caring for him and with whom he's bonded. Hey, they've bonded with each other - what better place could there be for him? Certainly not AHS or their Popcorn Zoo! Let him be a "regular dog"!
Janice Bernath May 25, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Excellent post. I saw the state report on AHS, along with photos of the abominable conditions there. I *think* the link to the photos was on Nathan Winograd's facebook page. Yes, AHS should be spending money on improving conditions and not on lawsuits to take a dog away from the human he loves!
Christine May 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM
This is a no brainer. Shame on you AHS. I volunteered and worked for a shelter for five months. This is nothing but a control issue. AHS is woefully ignorant and I am saddened that their main concern is not using the monies they receive (whether privately donated or state controlled) for administering more adoptions with what I am sure is a "full" shelter. There is no such thing as a shelter that is not full. To place their energies, time and money on one dog that is already getting the love it deserves can be called nothing but self serving. This is a "control" issue... plane and simple. If AHS doesn't think that the people of this country haven't already figured them out, then they need to use this money to go back to school. AHS...go back and read your mission statement...if you even have one....then again...sounds like you never had one in the first place.
Sandra OHara May 25, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Patrick has totally bonded with the people at GSVS, he trusts them, he loves them and has been thru enough cruelty. It would be extremely cruel mentally for them to take him away from the only loving caregivers he has know. Let him stay their till he is totally adopted.
Laura Austin May 26, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Western New York I agree with everyone's excellent point of view. I recently heard about this one story, published by the (Examiner) who are also listed on FB. A young family had found their perfect dog to adopt, from their Hometown shelter. Not long afterwards, the poor animal was force to live outside under their porch due to the wife giving birth to their first born child. I'm sure you can image what had transpired next, the AHS had to step in and had taken the dog back to the shelter once more. How SAD is that, not just going through this a first time, but a second time on top of it all. Please leave well enough alone. Allow Patrick to remain in the care of Dr. Scavelli and his lovely wife, who love and adore him so very very much. There's a saying, If it's not broken, why fix it. Most importantly.. AHS, please have his Best Interest, at H E A R T. Thank you,
Pam Said May 26, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Let Patrick stay with the people he loves and trust. You can see he is doing so well their . I think in the end the person from GSVS should adopt him. from Iowa as well. AHS stop please let him stay ...
Arlene May 26, 2011 at 04:12 PM
AHS should learn to be HUMANE...isn't that what the initials stand for? Stop trying to hog the limelight with your silliness which is serving no purpose. Give Patrick a break and let him remain with the people he knows and trusts.
Jo-Ann Rawlings May 27, 2011 at 12:29 AM
I believe he should be with the GSVS staffer who loves him and whom he loves....lets think of what this poor boy has already been through...It would be another heartless act to not allow this...SHAME ON THE PEOPLE WHO CARE ONLY FOR THEMSELVES.....THAT IS ALL HE HAS KNOWN.....PLEASE, PLEASE LET HIM STAY WHERE HE IS KNOWN AND WITH THOSE HE TRUSTS AND LOVES....LOVES.....LOVES....IS SECURE WITH...IS SECURE WITH.
Linda May 27, 2011 at 02:37 AM
How does AHS come to the conclusion that they own Patrick?! He was taken to their facility and a vet there decided not to put him down and to save him instead. That does not give them ownership. He has stayed alive because he has been at GSVS, not at AHS. They put down dogs every single week instead of saving them, and I question why they are wasting money on trying to forcibly take Patrick away from those he loves instead of spending that money on dogs who NEED homes! Patrick does not need another home. He was one. He has someone who loves him and whom he loves. AHS apparently does not care that removing Patrick from this person and sticking him with some stranger will break his heart. Dogs are very loyal to those they love...I advocate dogs and the ones who have been dumped by their families are heartbreaking...go look at the pictures on Pet Pardons and other animal rescue sites. All the expressions on these dogs are the same. They sit there waiting for owners who do not want them...they sit there with heartbreak and pain showing in their eyes. Patrick may be put in some strange person's house, but he will still have that same look of heartbreak, pain, and betrayal in his eyes. He won't know that the person he loves is not the one who betrayed him, but he will feel it all the same. Is that what you want, AHS? To break this brave little dog's heart?! Shame on you.
Linda May 27, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Sorry, that should have said, he has one, not was one.
Linda May 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM
I want to make another comment about the family who adopted a dog and then threw it outside just because they had a baby. People like this just incense me. They get a dog, "love" it, and then because they have a child, they either ignore the dog or throw it in a kill shelter. My grandchildren were raised around rotties and a chow and there was never a problem. My niece was raised around a lab. Never a problem. When both of my daughters were babies, I had a cat. Never a problem. The problem is the people who toss animals away like they are garbage. As far as I am concerned, those people are not responsible enough to even have a child.
Linda May 27, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Laura, the only comment I have to say about your comment is that you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! Do you happen to work for AHS?? That is how your post comes across.
Linda May 27, 2011 at 02:47 AM
My last post was directed to the Laura who only posted her first name, not Laura Austin who wrote a great post.
Mary Donaldson` May 27, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I think Patrick should stay with the people who have shown him the first love and care he has ever known. Dogs are very loyal, as we all know, to remove him from the people that he has bonded with would be just more cruelty. Don't treat this wonderful animal as a "meal ticket" to fame, let him stay with the people he loves.
Mary Donaldson` May 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
How silly for you to think that his bond with the GSVS staffer is not permanent. Have you never had a dog that loved you. Yes, he could probably bond with another family, but why would you take him from someone he has already bonded with. Hasn't he been through enough loss? Loss of his puppyhood, loss of trust for the first person he was unfortunate enough to find himself with, loss of weight, health, etc. Leave Patrick with the person he loves! And who has decided that being a "star" would be bad for him anyway? Lots of dogs are pure "hams" and love to be praised and loved by many people. Maybe this isn't Patrick's style, but who are we to judge. Let's leave that up to him, I'm sure he will let his people know his likes and dislikes, the same as any other dog would.
Janice Bernath May 28, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Laura: And being adopted by a GSVS staffer would be bad - HOW?? Patrick is nursed back to health by a loving human who clearly loves him, and he her, yet you think he shouldn't be adopted by this caregiver? You do sound as though you're employed by AHS or Popcorn Zoo, given the wording of your comment. I've seen photos from the past several years from AHS, and the State's reports. I don't think AHS is qualified to determine anything at all regarding the well being of an animal!
Sally May 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM
@Laura I would have to say I totally DISAGREE with you. I agree with Janice B's question regarding your employment. Your reasoning is absurd. For all the reasons I have read anywhere regarding why Patrick should "NOT" be placed in a forever home with the staff member (regardless who he or she may be) at GSVS, not one is JUSTIFIABLE! Just as much as it is not Patrick's fault that his young life began the way it did...it certainly is not Patrick's fault that people all around the world know and love him. You are correct "animals easily bond with families", they also miss the ones they love too and yearn to see them again. Patrick does have feelings. Patrick has been through enough. AHS did their part in getting Patrick stabilized and the emergency care Patrick urgently needed. They were recognized and thanked for that and people around the world paid for the care of Patrick (and then some). Your last sentence states "Let him be". I would like to say...He has a name. His name is PATRICK. Please let Patrick be! Thanks.
Justine Hans Wyant May 29, 2011 at 01:46 PM
GSVS and his care giver(s) is the only place Patrick needs to be. They have invested multiple and countless hours of LOVE and Care for him from the very beginning. AHS yes you decided to SAVE THE DOG............and Thank You for that. We won't deny you that credit, BUT to say let him be adopted by a total stranger for anonymity, Seriously?? Do you really think that would happen? Someone comes home with a Pit Bull named Patrick and no one will know who he is? C'mon???????? He is where he needs to be and he will get the normal and loving life he needs with the people he knows and loves and trusts. That's a no brainer!
Lynda Doberman May 29, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I belong to a Doberman rescue group. Patrick has received the best care possible and it seems someone from the hospital wants to adopt it. It seems like to me this is a no brainer. I was so glad that a judge ruled the same, but again. the AHS disagreeded. So many people has invested care from a distance because his story was so horrid. Can't AHS just do the right thing and let him by adopted by someone from the hospital, a doctor, even. Who can love him and give he the best care available. How can you take him from a place that everyone loved him? To be put in another foster if that is what they are thinking, then to a real home. Can the real home avoid the medical bills? Please AHS do the right thing!
Lynda Doberman May 29, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I belong to a Doberman rescue group. Patrick has received the best care possible and it seems someone from the hospital wants to adopt it. It seems like to me this is a no brainer. I was so glad that a judge ruled the same, but again. the AHS disagreeded. So many people has invested care from a distance because his story was so horrid. Can't AHS just do the right thing and let him by adopted by someone from the hospital, a doctor, even. Who can love him and give he the best care available. How can you take him from a place that everyone loved him? To be put in another foster if that is what they are thinking, then to a real home. Can the real home avoid the medical bills? Please AHS do the right thing!
Lynda Doberman May 29, 2011 at 05:52 PM
This should be a fairy tail ending. Patrick treated with love and medical care, and then adopted by someone who loves him at the hospital. Why AHS is against this, I do not care anymore. I will sign on his page again. Enough is enough.
Josephine Dowd June 01, 2011 at 05:20 PM
With no disrespect to Mr. Sanchez's comment, you, Mr. Sanchez, should examine your words. "All we want is what is best for the dog.” When I read your comments, I say hmmm, what's best for Patrick is to be with the people who loved and cared for him all along and not traumatize him any further. Sanchez also said that Patrick “should be able to be a normal dog." Hmmm, what better place to be a normal dog than with the ones who already love you and have proven it? Further Sanchez says, “He was cheated out of his whole life and he should be able to slip into anonymity." What difference whether he's famous or not, Patrick doesn't know his fame, you do Mr. Sanchez and seem to be bothered by it, and the world does, but it all comes down to where Patrick being loved by his current companions - the one's he is with now. What part don't you get???
michele June 02, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Patrick has been through so much turmoil already. He's defeated the odd's against him and has proved to want to live and with those who have been a God send to him - THANK YOU FOR SAVING OUR PATRICK-GSVS! You are blessed a million times! Patrick should undoubtedly be able to spend the rest of his life with the GSVS staffer who has seen him through his worse days and who will continue showing him love and support. Please DON"T put Patrick through anymore hardships and unknown transitions as he becomes the healthier and handsome puppy he was born to be.
Dollie June 03, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Short, sweet and to the point. Well said Lou Ann, I totally, totally agree with you, as, it seems does everyone else. The first time I saw a picture of Patrick when he had first been brought to AHS, I truly thought to myself, "Someone has a new recipe for barbecue." I thought he was a rack of barbecued ribs!!!! Then I looked closer and the tears flowed and the heart broke for this poor creature whom God created. I could not imagine such cruelty. So, I'm so happy that the court has declared that Patrick will stay with GSVS, After he has completely heeled (I understand there are still a few prblems with his hips), I agree also that if the staff member truly desires to adopt him she should be able to. It's obvious Patrick is happy and full of life. Why should anyone risk losing that??
Jo Ann Stewart June 03, 2011 at 04:00 PM
I think that we they saw the response to atrick--they(AHS) saw dollar signs- Copyright on pictures, claiming ownership etc. What they want is to have him on display at the Popcorn Zoo,use him as a fund raisor by probably having some big contest on having people apply to adopt him, other promotional objects with his picture so they can sell--like key rings, etc. They are already using his pictures in their lates Newsletter mailings. When they went the copyright route they showed exactly what route they were taking.


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