Stop fighting for custody of Patrick!
  • Petitioned Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey

This petition was delivered to:

Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey
Superior Court of Essex County

Stop fighting for custody of Patrick!

    1. Kathleen Fitzgerald
    2. Petition by

      Kathleen Fitzgerald

      Staten Island, NY

Patrick is the poor dog who some months ago became national news when he was found at the bottom of a trash chute in New Jersey. He had been starved and abused by his owner, was nothing but skin and bones and it was a miracle that he was even still alive. He was brought to the Garden State Veterinary Hospital by the Humane Society for medical treatment and rehabilitation, was miraculously brought back to health and is residing with one of the hospital's attendants, just trying to be a healthy, cared for dog for the first time in his life. However, the Humane Society is claiming possession of Patrick and wants him back under their roof, because otherwise they are missing out on the funding that would be provided to them because of Patrick. See following article:


Back in March, when Patrick the pit bull was found, starved and barely breathing, in a trash bag after being dropped down a garbage chute, everyone seemed united on his behalf. But then, even as he was being nursed back to health at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists hospital, Patrick found himself caught up in a custody battle.

Six months later, the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey (AHS) is still trying to take him away from the people who have cared for him all this time. Now they have filed a 16-page, 12-count lawsuit against the animal hospital and the City of Newark, which has consistently taken the side of the hospital. AHS claims that the hospital and the city have conspired to deprive AHS of its property rights in Patrick and thus cost them fundraising potential.

In a blog post on his website, Nathan Winograd, a former prosecutor, now advocate for the no-kill movement, accuses AHS not only of being more interested in dollars than dogs, but of having a “sordid history of corruption, neglect, inhumane treatment, and a refusal to put the best interests of animals above its own.”

Please tell the "Humane" Society to leave Patrick alone, once and for all, and let him have the life he's always deserved. Being placed back into the Humane Society system, and being torn away from the people he has come to know and love, would do nothing for Patrick but cause him more trauma. The "Humane" Society needs to leave him alone and concentrate their efforts on the millions of other homeless and abused animals who still need help. It's all about the animals, remember?

P.S. - Please don't believe the hype that has been placed upon the breed by the media.  I have known many loving and sweet pit bulls; there is good and bad in every breed.  For some reason the Pits are the ones that make the news, but in reality, there is a higher incidence of aggression in a number of other breeds than with Pits.  As usual, it is more about the human influences placed on a particular dog than it is about the breed.  Just ask Michael Vick.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Correction

      Kathleen Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      Please be aware that the party responsible is the Associated Humane Society of New Jersey, NOT the Humane Society of the United States.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Keegan CORNWALL, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I love animals

    • Christina Honnert CINCINNATI, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Please leave Patrick w/ those who have been caring for him!!!!

    • Cynthia Muirhead SWARTZ CREEK, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Please just leave him where he is already established and safe & loved! Just let him be!!!!!

    • Isabelle Fuentes SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Please for God's sake let Patrick be! This dog has been through so much. Let him stay with the people who saved his life and nurtured and loved him back to health.. That would be the humane thing to do, is there no compassion in our courts? .Why put Patrick through so much stress? I don't care about rules this is about kindness and compassion please find it in your heart to do the right thing for Patrick protection.

    • Elayne McKenna STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have been a client at this vet hospital and they are wonderful people who provide quality care. Patrick belongs there with the people he has bonded with.


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