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:
PIT BULL PATRICK STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF A TURF WAR
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.