Now everyone I tell this to asks me why I would ever get a rat as a pet and I tell them how I was at the pet store getting cat food and was looking at the small animals when I heard a man, who was buying a large reptile cage, talking to an employee of the store about the feeder rodents they have.
The employee said they have one more baby rat, and as soon as he said that I went to the other employee in that section and said I wanted to buy the baby rat. I ended up liking him so much I got another one! The point of that story is that I didn’t want a rat at the time but I couldn’t let him get killed.
Now let’s talk about Kisha Curtis of Newark, New Jersey (Click Here for a peek at her FaceBook page). If Kisha was in my shoes at the pet store that day she probably would have smiled while hearing that an animal will be taken home to be killed.
You see, Kisha was given a beautiful one year old pit bull. She decided that she didn’t want to take care of the dog so instead of giving the dog to a shelter she threw him down the garbage shoot in her apartment building and went on a little vacation for a week.
A week later, on March 16th 2011, the dog was found in that trash chute – dehydrated, emaciated and unable to walk. He was covered in sores and he was basically knocking on death’s door.
When he was brought into the animal hospital he weighed 20 lbs (about 30 lbs. under what he should have weighed). No one thought he would survive, but instead of putting him down, they decided to gave him a chance at life. And by the Grace of God, and a lot of doggy luck, the pup made it.
They hospital named him Patrick because he was found the day before St. Patrick’s Day and because of his red hair. There is a picture online of Patrick right after he was found but it is very disturbing so I’m not including it in this post but if you want to see how bad he looked when first found just Google “Patrick the pit bull” and click images and you will see.
I, however, believe that the only way to convey a victim’s suffering to the reader is to be as graphic as possible, without becoming obscenely so. For that reason, I chose to include a picture of Patrick the moment he was brought into the emergency veterinary hospital.
Patrick is a fighter. He took that second chance at life and ran with it. He is getting stronger every day and there have been thousands of requests to adopt him The staff caring for Patrick say he is a sweetheart and very trusting despite how horribly he was treated by people in the past.
As for Kisha, she was charged with four counts of animal abuse and faces a whopping six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or community service. That makes me sick to my stomach, and I can’t help but wishing we could tie her to a fence with a sign next to her reading “don’t feed the animal abuser!” until SHE wastes away.
Editor’s Notes: There’s been some positive news to come out of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. On March 30th, 2011, the charges against Kisha Curtis were upgraded to “torturing and tormenting a living creature”. If I understand it correctly, this is a fourth degree felony in the State of New Jersey, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $3000 fine.
This Story Was Written and Submitted By Sublime12926, Another One Of Our Readers Making Her First Foray Into Creative Writing.
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