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In Patrick’s name: Newark mayor calls for new shelter in honor of starved pit bull


Newark Mayor Cory Booker is asking the public for a birthday present — a new animal shelter to be built in honor of Patrick, the pit bull dumped down a high rise apartment building’s trash chute and left to starve.

Booker called the act “one of the most heinous incients of animal cruelty that I’ve seen since I’ve been mayor” and he noted that it has led to outrage across the country.

But, he added, “This is a time that, instead of blame, we all take more responsibility for what’s going on to animals in Newark, New Jersey and around the world.

“For my birthday wish … we would like you to join our cause” — a state of art animal shelter that can be No. 1 in honor of Patrick but also in honor of those many other animals in our larger Newark community that face severe problems and challenges. We must be there for them, too.”

The mayor’s YouTube video refers viewers to a website where donations be made.

The campaign seeks to raise $50,000 towards construction of a facility that would serve Essex and Hudson Counties. Already, Booker said, a site has been identified and architects are working on the design.

“By working to build a modern, state-of-the-art shelter through public and private funding, and by employing innovative policies to improve responsible pet care, decrease birthrates, increase adoptions, and help keep animals with their responsible caretakers, we believe that Newark’s animal shelter operations can become a model for the rest of the nation.”

Patrick is now in the custody of Associated Humane Societies and is receiving treatment at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, both of which say they’ve received enough public donations to cover his care.

Kisha Curtis, with whom Patrick lived, has entered a not guilty plea to charges of abuse and abandonment.


Comment from Betsy Clar
Time April 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

Why was Patrick’s tormentor released from jail? How could they do this?
Are the shelters you plan to build no kill?

Comment from Loveofdogs
Time April 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This is excellent news! The current animal shelter in Newark refuses to allow neonatal animals to be fostered and wont allow volunteers..not even to walk dogs..we need a new innovative shelter that is new age..and willing to put lifesaving practives in place.
This place has a history of animal abuse..documented in a State Commission of Investigation report!

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time April 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I was already a huge fan of Cory Booker. Smart, unafraid, outspoken, proactive and inventive. He is slowly but surely remaking Newark, and how we could use him in Baltimore. Now I admire him even more. Despite crime stats, dwindling population, poverty and budget deficits, it’s still important to care about and support what makes us feeling, thinking humans….and protecting animals remains high on that list. Thanks, keep us posted on his success here!

Comment from Matt Snow
Time April 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

Totally agree with Eighteenpaws: Cory Booker is an exemplary citizen, and his devotion to EVERYone in his city, man and beast alike, is really inspiring. I can only hope this proposed shelter matches the awesomeness of our own recently renovated MD SPCA.

Comment from Susan
Time April 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I don’t live in N.J but I too am now a fan of Corey Booker.

Comment from debbie
Time April 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I would like to reply to LoveofDogs. Newark AHS absolutely allows fostering through rescue groups. We work hand in hand with over a hundred groups, many on a weekly basis. We cannot just allow a dog or cat to be pulled from the shelter without knowing who will be fostering that animal. I have worked here for 15 years and have never witnessed any abuse. It would not be tolerated.

Comment from CMartin
Time April 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I hope Child Protective Services is investigating too if she has children!

Comment from Amy
Time April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I also foster for the Newark Shelter and the work they do is wonderful. Cory Booker saying this is the worst case of abuse he has seen since becoming mayor goes to show you that he does not pay attention. Newark humane saves the lives of abuse cases this bad and worse every other week. Booker needs to support the shelter that he has ignored instead of blowing smoke now at their expense.

Comment from Julie
Time April 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

WOW I wish every mayor was like him. The world would be a far better place.

Comment from Mathew
Time April 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thanks for finally writing about >In Patrick?s name: Newark
mayor calls for new shelter in honor of starved pit bull
| ohmidog! <Liked it!

Comment from Chris
Time August 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Nice of him to ask for a shelter— but WHAT About DEMAnDING real Justice– grow a set of balls !!! Maybe he should ask for that!!