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.”