The good news is that Patrick is healthy and happy with a family that loves him. For now he is living with Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, the administrator of Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the hospital that brought him back from near death.
Last March Patrick was found weighing 19 pounds. Today he weighs 50 pounds.
Until the case is resolved, Patrick remains in formal custody of the prosecutor’s office because he is both victim and evidence in the criminal case against his owner Kisha Curtis.
Although the prosecutor believes that Patrick is being well cared for, Associated Humane Societies, which first took possession of the dog before turning him over to the hospital for care, continues to press for custody. The custody suit cannot be settled until the criminal case is closed.
This week their request to have a veterinarian and animal behaviorist check on Patrick was heard in court. The judge questioned their motives and criticized their actions before dismissing their case. In his ruling Judge Joseph Cassini III said:
The question I have is AHS’ fidelity and integrity. The story
AHS insist their motives are pure, but it appears that in spending money on a lawyer to continue to pursue their custody case, they are putting their own interests ahead of the dog. It would appear that they want the world famous Patrick to be a cash cow to help in their fundraising efforts.
Patrick’s owner, Kisha Curtis, was indicted on an animal cruelty charge in November and could spend a year in jail. Her attorney has requested a pre-trial intervention program but no further court appearances have been scheduled.
Let’s hope that she learns to wear a more appropriate garment to court than she did before when she wore a red T-shirt that said, KEEPIN’ IT REAL LIKE A HAPPY MEAL.