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Associated Humane Society Wants “Miracle Dog” Patrick Moved To Rescue Zoo

Patrick the Miracle Dog

Patrick, the horribly emaciated pit bull whose close-to-death body was found in a trash bag in the garbage chute of a 22-story apartment building in Newark, New Jersey this past March, may be moved to an animal refuge when his recovery is completed. Yet there appears to be fierce opposition to this proposed move.

The Associated Humane Societies claimed in a 40-page motion filed in New Jersey Superior Court this week that it has legal ownership of Patrick and that they want to place him in the Popcorn Park Zoo located in Forked River, New Jersey. The Zoo is a refuge for farm, wild, and domestic animals who have had bad lives and it is here where they are socialized, rehabbed, and sometimes adopted out. People pay admission to see the 200 or so animals who call the zoo their home. Patrick would be moved to the dog & cat shelter, not the zoo section.

The AHS however, seems to be the only entity that wants Patrick pulled from the vet’s. Last month a judge decreed that Patrick should remain at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, New Jersey while the animal cruelty and abandonment case against his former owner proceeds. The AHS’s legal motion seeks to overturn this judgment.

The city of Newark, New Jersey is also against the AHS’s request to move Patrick to the Popcorn Park Zoo. Officials want him to remain at the vet’s until he is ready to be adopted to a forever home.

“It’s the city’s position that it is not in Patrick’s best interests for him to be turned over to Associated, and we have notified both Associated and the court of that fact,” a city official stated..

The AHS claims Patrick is theirs to do with as they please.

“Patrick is no different than any other stray or abandoned picked up in Newark or any other city — once he was rescued by AHS, he became the property of AHS,” the motion reads. “AHS did not surrender possession or control of Patrick, but merely turned the dog over to GSVS for treatment, with the expectation that Patrick would be returned to AHS once his medical condition improved and he was able to be released.”

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watcher64
10 years ago

Ok pardon me for being blunt but where is this “Associated” at and who do I need to go kick in the jewels?!?!

Hey “Assosciated” YOU only want Patrick because it would be a PRESS op … Why don’t you try actually caring???

Leave Patrick alone he has been through enough, and is with people he KNOWS cares about him!!

TerriNorth
TerriNorth
10 years ago
Reply to  watcher64

I will give Patrick a forever home!!!! (850) 267-9407 Terri A. North

Sally C
Sally C
10 years ago

AHS does not have Patrick’s best interested at heart. Patrick should not be used as a money maker or attention getter. Patrick deserves to be treated like a dog, a happy and loved dog. I pray the courts see through AHS and allow Patrick to be adopted by the worker at GSVS where he can remain with those whom he has learned to love and who love him so dearly.

Best4theAnimals
Best4theAnimals
10 years ago

If I were a donor to AHS, I would question whether this lawsuit was making good use of sorely-needed dollars that could be used to care for more neglected and abused animals.

Gg
Gg
10 years ago

Best4theAnimals……Well said, I couldn’t agree with you more.

doglady
doglady
10 years ago

let Patrick stay where he is until he finds his forever home. He does not need to go through the trauma and adjustment of moving twice. He is safe, happy and thriving where he is

LSB2832
LSB2832
10 years ago

The AHS wants Patrick because he will be a star attraction and bring in money. I know they need money to help animals but what is best for Patrick? Perhaps, he will receive all the love and attention he deserves if he moves to the zoo, perhaps not. The Court should investigate the conditions in which he would be living.

Rozmacat
Rozmacat
10 years ago

I just don’t get why the AHS don’t want him to be adopted out NOW when someone wants him & loves him already!! Why AHS would you want to hurt Patrick??? MOVE ON & LEAVE PATRICK ALONE!! And if I lived in NJ,..I would get a group of people every day,..all day long & we would picket that place until it got shut down!!!!! The conditions there past & presant along with the management are DEPLORABLE!!!!

Loretta Hunt
Loretta Hunt
10 years ago
Reply to  Rozmacat

Yes Yes Yes. Cesar Millan is the best qualified to ensure the health,happiness,and forever home with either living with him at the New Dog Psyicology Center or in his own home until he gets a forever home which Cesar himself would choose and caerfully and responsably.I wouldn’t trust anyone else.Has anyone contacted Cesar about this?Because I will.

Darlah
Darlah
10 years ago

The only place this wonderful pit should be placed is with Cesar Milan where he can be guaranteed to have a balanced and healthy life. I have noticed in some of the video’s of Patrick that people are feeling so sorry for his history they are not working on helping him to live a balanced life for the future. But whoever does adopt him I hope they are told or realize that there will be medical expences that they will need to deal with as he ages-especially as his nutrishional needs were far from met for the first very important year of his life. Just try and think of the life you be giving this amazing boy if were to become one of Cesar’s pack.

Loretta Hunt
Loretta Hunt
10 years ago
Reply to  Darlah

My above post was meant for Darlah. I’m going to his website and see what I can do. They could make C it a show about Patrick’s progress where we could all see him blossoming and and having friends and fun and a real LIFE. Cesar is the best man,and Daddy Junior the best dog to show him what it really means to be a dog and a muched loved family MEMBER.

mary ann
mary ann
10 years ago

leave this poor boy alone….he is with someone who will see to it he has the best life possible and that is what he deserves…..LEAVE HIM ALONE….shoot the bitch that hurt him

Senjimom2
Senjimom2
10 years ago

@Darlah, No way should Patrick go to Cesar Milan. Not that he’s kind and caring, but Patrick does not know him at all. I believe he should be alllowed to go and live with the one person who truly wants to adopt him, that works at Garden State. AHS should just butt the heck out and leave things alone. They do NOT have Patrick’s best interests at heart…..a zoo? GOD forbid.

Michael Haslam
10 years ago

It seems Patrick is now a celebrity and I am sure ASH wouldn’t be going to these lengths if not for the moneymaking potential of Patrick. If Patrick has bonded with one of the nurses then I feel it would be cruel to stand in their way. If their only concern is Patricks welfare then I hope they help with whatever training expenses Patrick will need in the future..

jeanne
10 years ago

of course associated humane society wants patrick placed in the popcorn park zoo…hello, they OWN it!!!! the greedy bastards that are ahs, don’t give a damn about patrick and what’s best for him…i ask you, how much money did THEY donate to his care and rehab?…ahh, but now that he’s getting better they’ll step in and claim that they never gave him up, and are prepared to exploit the you-know-what out of him by putting him THEIR zoo. ahs wants people to pay money to see patrick, rather than letting him be adopted by a loving person/family. to ahs, he’s not patrick the miracle dog, he’s patrick the cash cow. hasn’t this dog suffered enough? shame on you, ahs.

Kenn Bell
10 years ago
Reply to  jeanne

Not true, they want him back and they want to adopt him out. The place is called a Zoo but it has an animal shelter for dogs and cats which is where he will stay till they adopt him out. That’s if they get him back. As to their reasons, only they know that. Does this make them look bad? You betcha.

Thanks for your comment!

Valentineah1
Valentineah1
10 years ago

Why should Patrick be moved and traumatized, again? Hasn’t that poor dog been through enough? It’s just plain crazy considering there is someone who wants to adopt him right now – someone he knows and trusts. Why doesn’t everybody just leave him alone and give him to the woman who loves him and wants him. As long as I live I swear I will not donate one thin dime to AHS…there are plenty of wonderful animal rescue organizations that willl make good use of my donations and I doubt that they will exploit an animal for their own gain.

havenbounce
havenbounce
10 years ago

” “Patrick is no different than any other stray or abandoned picked up in Newark or any other city —”So you mean you milk the media to get as money as you can with every single stray.
Kind of strange that a line in their mission states “placement whenever possible” But I guess it only applies to animals they can’t make donations from. Patrick is famous so lets put him on public display to see how much he can make for us!

Smileyz143
Smileyz143
10 years ago

What a shame that the AHS that “owns” Patrick is the only one that doesn’t care about his best interest. Let him stay at the hospital where he is well taken care of, loved & safe and let the vet that wanted to adopt him do it.

Eve-tmp
Eve-tmp
10 years ago

The words humane and ownership don’t mix. If they were truly humane they wouldn’t even consider sending this poor boy to a zoo. He deserves to have a proper life with people who love him, and as there is someone who does love him and wants to give him a forever home, then that’s what should happen. If this is how AHS carry on, I hope people stop donating to them. This beautiful boy has suffered more than enough.

Kenn Bell
10 years ago
Reply to  Eve-tmp

Eve, they aren’t sending him to a zoo. They want him to be at a Dog/Cat Shelter located on the grounds of their rescue zoo. And then they will find him a home.

Angeldancing101
Angeldancing101
10 years ago
Reply to  Kenn Bell

Kenn, you are the only one that has commented that wants to see this happen. Are you affiliated with them somehow. How could you possibly think it would be in “Patrick’s” best interest to be moved and put into a shelter??? Where he is right is the only safe haven he has ever known and is so loved and comfortable with everyone there. Not only that a vet there wishes to adopt him…….
To move him would NOT be in his best interest and everyone realizes it except you it appears.

Kenn Bell
10 years ago

I run the Dog Files website and I want Patrick to stay where he is. BUT everyone keeps saying he will be placed in a Zoo for people to gawk at if AHS takes him back. And that is not true, nor is it their intention.

Grandma G
Grandma G
10 years ago
Reply to  Kenn Bell

You obviously hope AHS will find him a home.  Many people do not believe AHS has good intentions for Patrick, but ulterior motives.  For Patrick, I say, there’s no place like home.  I wish that for his beautiful spirit and pray to God he finds it one day.

Best4theAnimals
Best4theAnimals
10 years ago

And why would they need to “find” him a home when he has someone SOOOO qualified who already knows and loves him!?!?!?!

Mccallister Kim
Mccallister Kim
10 years ago

I’ve been following Patrick as much as I possibly can and if I’m correct, there were alot of people “chipping in” for Patricks medical care – not to mention all the Patrick Movements around the country. I would seem to me that Patrick is the Peoples Dog. He needs to stay with the veterinary hospital with the people that he knows and loves AND HE KNOW THEY LOVE HIM!!! That is the most important factor here considering what he has already gone through. Because the “Associated” Humane Society’s only concern here is $$$$ – and not the welfare of an abused animal (Tell me again why we need the “Humane” Society – they’re going against the very thing they supposedly stand for). I will be cancelling my monthly donation if Patrick goes the this zoo (excuse me – shelter) where he MIGHT be adopted to a “loving family” – I wonder if the person who adopted him to the monster that nearly killed him – thought he was going to a “loving” person. HE IS WITH THE PERSON WHO HAS FALLEN IN LOVE WITH HIM AND WHO HE LOVES – LET IT BE!!!

Iliana Rodriguez
Iliana Rodriguez
10 years ago

Leave Patrick alone, the AHS dont’t want him to be adopted, Patrick should have a chance of a loving family..PLEASE LEAVE HIM ALONE, I LOVE YOU PATRICK

Bunnybeee
Bunnybeee
10 years ago

Leave Patrick alone!! He does not need to go to any zoo. He deserves to go to a regular loving home where he can live a normal loved life as part of a family. He is NOT “property”! He is a living thing that was rescued because he needed HELP, and with those intentions only. He should not be put on display the public eye parading around for paying customers to see!

Bhanna
Bhanna
10 years ago

ENOUGH! I don’t know that AHS has handled this situation as well as they might have, but they are not the villains here. These are people who have dedicated their lives to helping animals; I can assure you that none of them are getting rich working there. They deal with horrors every day that the rest of us can not even imagine.I am sickened by some of the comments I have read here; this anger and venom should be directed at the law makers who continue to block or weaken legislation that would protect animals.
No, I do not work for AHS, or even know anyone who works there, I am a long time contributor and I will continue to support this organization.  

Destiny Parada
Destiny Parada
9 years ago

poor patrick i really wish i could visit him he looks like a sweet dog whoever the person was that did that to him shoul regret that patrick never deserved that
 

Tigerboke
Tigerboke
9 years ago

Oh stop! All of you. If this was any other abused animal…….of which AHS has rescued thousands…this conversation would not be going on. Make the bitch sign him over (she has said she will) and get him adopted out. Everyone has benefited from this case regardless of motive….including the big mouth judge. But to make AHS the bad guys is going too far. put your outrage where it belongs…at the bitch that did it…cause she will walk….fight that. 

Kenn Bell
9 years ago
Reply to  Tigerboke

AHS lost to the Vet that treated Patrick and Patrick is living a good life at the Vet’s home.

Julie
Julie
9 years ago

Money speaks so boycott the damn Popcorn Zoo. What if no one goes there anymore ? AHS sucks

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