But, the miracle of the story? Patrick wasn't dead. And he was rushed to the amazing people at GSVS Pet Hospital in New Jersey where he received an immediate blood transfusion and somehow he made it through the night. This is a story of the reprehensible truth of animal cruelty in this word. This is a story of the will to live. This is a story meant to create change. Patrick survived for a very specific reason. He was the chosen one to represent ALL animal cruelty, to help open everyone's eyes and to outrage us all enough to make a difference so other defenseless animals do not have to go through the same pain and suffering.
This is Patrick when he first arrived. Graphic... yes, I know. But we have to see the truth before we can create change. It still blows my mind that a dog in this condition... this deplorable condition defied all odds and SURVIVED!!
Patrick the Miracle's story is on Facebook where his main page has over 50,000 supporters and climbing.
Patrick's Law- was created as a Nationwide grassroots movement for stronger legislation (federal and state) to enforce, prosecute and incarcerate animal abusers.
Patrick's Pals - was created as a page where others can post and crosspost urgent dogs in need of being saved.
Article & Information from http://www.examiner.com/
Newark, New Jersey - Kisha Curtis, 28 of Newark was charged Friday with two criminal counts of abandonment and two civil counts of failure to provide sustenance to an animal in the case of a starving one-year-old pit bull mix found inside of an apartment building's garbage chute. Patrick, as the "miracle dog" was named by his rescuers, in honor of his survival on St. Patrick's Day, was found in a garbage bag by maintenance workers at the 550 unit complex Garden Spires apartments. The dog was taken to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, N.J. where he received blood transfusions, fluids, and heat blankets. Donations have come in from all over the world including Australia, Italy, Greece, France, and the United Kingdom.
Patrick's care givers report the dog loves to be touched and petted. Patrick's rehabilitation is slow, and he is being fed small amounts of food at a time. Next week as he gets stronger, there will be more tests given to find out if Patrick has a stomach obstruction. In the meantime, Patrick continues to receive well wishes, toys, cards, and donations.
Representatives from the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park state Patrick's case is one of the worst cases of animal abuse and neglect they have ever seen. Veterinarians, who originally examined Patrick said if the dog had not been discovered when he was, the dog would have died in just a few more hours.
Animal Communicator talks to Patrick
AHS called on animal communicator, Colleen Nicholson, author of Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, in order to gain insight to this neglected dog's thoughts. From the March 22 meeting, the following was communicated with Nicholson, and shared on the AHS website:
"I hope to live here," Patrick says as I talk with him now as I write to you. "I feel better." Patrick shares with me the feeling of relief, complete and utter relief. He is very quiet, and does not offer any more than that, so I'll question him.
I'm asking him if there is anything he needs. "I have it all," he replies, as if looking around at his surroundings. "I even have these," and he shows me his blue buddy that I did see in the picture you sent. "It is soft," and with this he shows me that it has been the softness around him that is so very much appreciated. It feels as if he is not as sore as when he came in and by this I mean that because he was literally skin and bones, he hurt a lot from laying on hard surfaces. He didn't have the strength to get up to move, not that there was anything softer to move to if he could. As he looks at me, he does not give the impression of a smile, rather a weary look but one that has reason to keep looking, keep waiting, to see what I will do or say next.
I'm telling him that I am very sorry that he has come to the state of being he was in before coming here. I'm asking him if he would like to tell us anything about that time but he says No and turns to lay his head down. I respect him not wanting to relive any of that, if even in thought, so I'm asking him now if there is anything he would like the loving people who are caring for him know?
"Yes. I would like them to know that I like meat."I don't know how to get up quickly."The tops of my feet are sore, thank you for holding them."I have a new nose, I think." (he seems to mean he can smell things again and I feel like it is the beneficial result of the fluids. I'm asking him if there is anything else he would like to tell his new people and he says "Yes... I like my name." He still is very quiet, answering only when I ask. As if he is watching life as a spectator more than a participant. He seems to only engage when people come around. He is comforted by the presence of people and doesn't share any feelings of fear of them with me, in spite of what has happened to him.
"I am broken," he says suddenly. "I don't know why."
I'm telling him that we don't know either. I'm showing him that the people of his future will always treat him with love and kindness ... that the people caring for him now may not be the ones he stays with forever because they want him to be well and to have new people who he can share joyful times with in a place more comfortable than where he is now. He seems a little interested in this I think, because I saw a quick question in him mind of surprise... better than now? He can't imagine it.
He seems to be pulling away now (4:30 p.m.) and I don't know if someone is with him or he's tired. It's not that he is hard to communicate with, that is really the opposite. Rather it seems he is still a bit blank ... a watcher of life instead of a participant ... although I do feel like he has thought of trying to wag his tail. It's a brief thought and I don't know if he would have the strength to make it happen, but the thought is there. To me, this is a very good sign of a dog who is anticipating something good ... which has to give him a reason to go on.
Here are some photos of Patrick's progress, courtesy of the angels on earth at GSVS Pet Hospital.