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Dumped down trash chute, Patrick survives

Patrick the pit bull — a dog who was starved, placed in a garbage bag and tossed down the trash chute of a 22-floor apartment building in Newark — continues to slowly recover.

And considering the condition he was found in — by a maintenance worker who noticed a soon-to be-compacted plastic bag moving — that’s pretty close to miraculous.

According to Associated Humane Societies, Patrick, as he was later named, was living — and just barely — somewhere in the Garden Spires apartment building, which is equipped with garbage chutes on each floor.

“Someone had no more use for this dog. They had starved it to near death, put it in a garbage bag and threw it down the garbage chute,” AHS reports on its website.

Normally, the contents of the bin at the bottom of the building are sent directly into a trash compacter, but on Wednesday, March 16th, a maintenance worker noticed a bag moving, opened it and found the dog inside — about one year old, pathetically thin and on death’s doorstep.

“His eyelids were moving a little. But he was just lifeless — his body hung there when we picked him up,” Monmouth County animal control officer Arthur Skinner said.

Skinner took the dog to Associated Humane Societies Newark Animal Care Center, and he was sent from there Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls,  veterinarians and technicians have been giving him transfusions of blood, feeding him intravenously and warming him with heated blankets.

By Monday, Patrick, who was named by hospital staff on St. Patrick’s Day, was able to sit up and walk. He’s now off IV fluids and eating canned dog food.

Patrick — and we’ll warn you now that the picture below, taken shortly after he was discovered, is highly disturbing — is slowly becoming more than skin and bones. He spends most of his time in his cage, napping next to stuffed animals donated by the hospital’s staff. He doesn’t bark or wag his tail, but lifts his head whenever someone passes by, accordingn to the Star-Ledger in Newark.

Officials from the Monmouth County Humane Society have offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the dog’s abuser.

The Associated Humane Societies reported this week that Patrick is now able to stand, eats little bits of food several times a day and is having normal bowel movements. The organization is accepting donations towards his continued care. You can find AHS updates on Patrick here.


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time March 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

What kind of sick, twisted, soulless, individual could do such a thing? What was the point in getting a dog in the first place, to plumb the depths of their own depravity?
There are those times when I actually find myself hoping that there really is an eternal hell. This is one of those times.
Hang in there Patrick, not all of the human race is as cruel and heartless as your original owner. I hope that you find a genuinely good person to love and cherish you for a lifetime, sun-filled grassy meadows to run and play in, and food, love and warmth a-plenty – and may it be soon.

Comment from Kelly
Time March 24, 2011 at 11:22 am

So good to see he’s doing better.

Comment from Sue
Time March 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

May God forgive me for what I want to do to all those who cruelly torture animals.

Comment from Donna Casale
Time March 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I hope there is a Hell for the moron that did this.

Comment from shannon
Time March 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

It just hurts my heart to know someone is that cruel. I would like to have the opportunity to adopt Patrick, he would have all the love, food, attention that any one person could give

Comment from dkw1975
Time March 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I don’t know if I am more overwhelmed by anger or sadness. How on Earth? I believe that his owners will be found. Someone saw them walking that dog at some point. Please let us know when the owner is found.

Comment from Jill
Time March 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

WOW I hope who ever did this rotts in HELL. Look at this poor baby. Gosh, there are no words to decribe how I feel for the monster that did this. Karma is a bitch and will get back to the sick and twisted sicko that did this. Patrick, know that you are loved my millions of people. You are a tough boy and are a handsome boy. I pray for your recovery. Pretty soon you will be running and playing and living life happy. To the monster that did this may you rott in hell.

Comment from Sam
Time March 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

It hurts to see him how he was. He has a lot of friends, and he is lucky in that regard. There is a special spot in hell for the person that did this.


Comment from phli
Time March 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

let me think about the situation of little robot named David in the movie “A.I”.
people make him out to love/belove,but if love is gone,how can he do?

Comment from Dick Stevens
Time March 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

Please keep all of us posted on Patrick’s condition every day. There’s thousands of caring people that are concerned. Get well, Patrick. You’re a tough boy and you’ve made it this far. Dogs are great, especially Patrick.

Comment from roxanne williamson
Time March 29, 2011 at 5:06 am

I hope they put her in a cage and let her starve!!!

Comment from jody
Time March 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

the woman who did this clearly has a different agenda than normal human beings, its too bad she has no idea what the love from a dog or another being…. or from herself for that matter can feel like. She won’t last long!

Comment from amy seales
Time April 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

glad to see he is better and the woman who did that to him is being punished. i know he has a long way to go.

Comment from Earle Bingley
Time April 3, 2011 at 3:19 am

It’s when I see things like this that I pray there is a God who will show this miscreant his wrath on judgement day…People like this aren’t sick, they are just evil.

Comment from Debra Lewis
Time April 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Every night I look at poor Patrick he is on my desktop and I pray that the person that did this gets the same treatment. Do they not understand that DOG IS GOD spelled backward and in my heart I know there is a reason and that it isn’t happen stance. Patrick’s recovery has been a blessing to me and I admire the brave souls that took this on. Shame Shame Shame on the person that committed this unthinkable act. May you be blessed the way you blessed Patrick …GOD SEES!

Comment from kathy
Time September 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

poor patrick i hope he gets better those people who did that deserve to be hung and whipped for whatthey done to a helpless animal

Comment from madison
Time January 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

poor doggie who eve did this your stupid,dumd, and inconsiterate

Comment from KAT
Time January 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

We all know that there are mentally ill people in all walks of life. Perhaps the cure for this dysfunctional behavior is thru education.A class in nurturing, compassion & self-esteem may be a benefit to the future of our wonderful country.Let kindness begin at home.

Comment from mila
Time July 30, 2014 at 2:22 am

If they found this person…please pass me her identity. I got a few things I’d like to do to her