Saving Patrick

Patrick in recovery at GSVS

The staff at The Animal Medical Center applauds the Associated Humane Societies and Team Patrick at Garden State Veterinary Specialists for their care and devotion to Patrick, the abused and starved pit bull who was apparently thrown down a trash chute in Newark, NJ. Based on the internet comments, many thought the dog left for dead would not survive.

For those of you who may have missed the Patrick story, the pit bull was found barely alive in a plastic garbage bag in the trash room of a Newark, NJ apartment building on St. Patrick’s Day, hence his name. The Associated Humane Society veterinarians tended to his immediate needs and then transferred him to Garden State Veterinary Specialists (GSVS) for round-the-clock care.

Patrick has his own website to chronicle his recovery. Please note, this website is not for the faint of heart; Patrick’s physical appearance was difficult to look at and is reminiscent of the horrendous photos depicting concentration camp detainees. You only have to look at the slide show to know Patrick has made a spectacular recovery. After three weeks of expert care, he has been resurrected from being near death.

According to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, his owner has been charged with torment and torture and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of New Jersey law.

The AMC’s admiration for the Humane Society stems from our own roots, when over 100 years ago, Ellin Prince Speyer founded the Women’s League for Animals to promote humane care of the working horses in New York City. The Women’s League for Animals evolved into the AMC. Currently, we collaborate with New York City’s Center for Animal Care and Control and the ASPCA to care for patients like Patrick who have been abused, in the same way GSVS is working with the Associated Humane Societies.

Another reason the AMC is closely monitoring the treatment Patrick is receiving is his care and treatment is being administered by one of our own. The head of Team Patrick is Dr. Thomas Scavelli, who completed both his internship and surgical residency training at the AMC. When I came to the AMC as an intern, he was one of the staff surgeons whom I especially relied on for his wise counsel. Many of the other staff members at GSVS trained at the AMC as well.

The luck of the Irish is now in Patrick’s favor since he has such a well trained and experienced veterinary team making medical decisions for him. The AMC wishes Patrick all the best for the future and that he be placed in a wonderful “forever” home.

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This may also be found in the “Tales from the Pet Clinic” blog on WebMD.com.

For over a century, The Animal Medical Center has been a national leader in animal health care, known for its expertise, innovation and success in providing routine, specialty and emergency medical care for companion animals. Thanks in part to the enduring generosity of donors, The AMC is also known for its outstanding teaching, research and compassionate community funds. Please help us to continue these efforts. Send your contribution to: The Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065. For more information, visit www.amcny.org. To make an appointment, please call 212.838.7053.

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  2. Patricia says:

    Please do not credit AHS for saving Patrick. They have trademarked and copyrighted his picture and are going after people on Facebook that have his picture up. Their behavior in the last 5 weeks has been despicable and warrants in the least an investigation into their management. If you want to credit someone – Credit the janitor who didn’t have to open a bag – and find Patrick…. he did and then called the people who get paid to come and get Patrick…. the ACO person who brought Patrick to the ONLY shelter in Newark and then – perhaps a little to the Vet there for doing her job and getting Patrick to the wonderful Garden State Vet. Hospital, who have cared & loved him all this time. Shame on any Vet. Group that thinks AHS is a wonderful place. UGH – Let’s get them closed!

  3. […] 19 Apr The staff at The Animal Medical Center applauds the Associated Humane Societies and Team Patrick at Garden State Veterinary Specialists for their care and devotion to Patrick, the abused and starved pit bull who was apparently thrown down a trash chute in Newark, NJ. Based on the internet comments, many thought the dog left for dead would … Read More […]

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