Miracle Dog Inspires Rally in Carmel
May 6, 2011
This past Saint Patrick’s Day, Kisha Curtis allegedly stuffed an emaciated auburn male pit bull in a garbage bag and sent him on a harrowing ride down a New Jersey apartment complex garbage chute.
He survived the lack of air and the long tumble down, including the final 22 foot drop, but still lay lost, half dead, in a pile of trash.
Thankfully a maintenance worker discovered a moving bag, and immediately put the dog in good hands.
After intravenous fluid and a blood transfusion (and some comforting heat pads) were administered by the staff at The Society hospital's Newark facility, the dog’s eyes regained their light and he started gaining weight.
His supporters call him Patrick, given the date of the drama, and because they're thinking he’s got the luck of the Irish.
Today, May 6, a rally and adoption event in Patrick’s honor—and synchronized with Curtis' day in court, in which she plead not guilty—takes place in front of **Pet Food Express** in Carmel.
"Patrick's plight has brought worldwide attention to the crucial need for stricter animal abuse laws and enforcement," says Seaside's Celia Sue Hecht, who will be collecting pet food, toys and treats for needy local pooches as part of a new pet food bank effort (and conducts the Have Dog Blog Will Travel). "Animal lovers have created a national and worldwide Patrick movement with 60+ Facebook pages following his progress, posting about other not so well known Patrick's who need to be adopted and discussing how to get legislation passed against animal cruelty."
Dogs from Animal Friends Rescue Project will be in attendance hoping to find a loving owner. Sugar is one of the adorable dogs who is hoping for a home. AFRP has found homes for over 10,000 cats and dogs since 1998.
"She is healing so well, you would never be able to tell she was ever harmed. She is so resilient and loving and sweet and trusting," says AFRP's Ingrid Drexler. "Dogs amaze me, they really make me want to be a better person. I learn from them everyday."
Noon-3pm. Pet Food Express, 300 The Crossroads Shopping Center on Rio Road, Carmel. Free. 622-9999.
Christy Khoshaba contributed to this piece.