The custody fight for Patrick headed to a Newark, New Jersey court Thursday morning. The one-year-old dog, who was found in a trash bin in March, is currently recovering at an animal hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
But the American Humane Society, which initially took the dog, wants to take him to a shelter, while the city of Newark feels that Patrick should continue his recovery at the animal hospital until he is ready to be adopted. Newark, New Jersey claims its contract with AHS doesn’t give the association custody of Patrick.
Authorities said Patrick’s owner Kisha Curtis, left the Pit Bull tied to a railing in her Newark apartment building for over a week, and the starving dog was later found in the trash bin.
The Humane Society filed a motion to move Patrick to an animal housing shelter, while a Superior Court Judge signed an order in April that said the Pit Bull would stay at Garden State Veterinary Specialists for the length of the criminal case.
The AHS claims to have the legal right to Patrick because they first took him to their Newark New Jersey shelter before moving him to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls New Jersey.