I can’t believe this.  The dog pictured here is still alive.  This is the worst case of starvation I have ever seen.

Last week in Newark New Jersey, a maintenance worker for a 22-story apartment building was cleaning out the trash bins that are serviced by the garbage chutes from resident apartment units.  Apparently someone placed this dog into a bag and tossed it down the chute – as garbage.

When the maintenance man came upon the trash he noticed the bag moving and inside was this dog – barely alive.  So close to death he was cold to the touch.

Apartment maintenance immediately contacted the authorities and the dog was rushed to the Associated Humane Societies Newark facility to be stabilized.

After being stabilized, he was rushed to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, a referral hospital with 24 hour emergency care.  He is still there and still alive but his condition is serious.  Because he was discovered the day before St. Patrick’s Day and survived overnight, he is now known as Patrick.

Animal abuse at the hands of humans is the lowest form of depravity.  And starving an animal just exacerbates that depravity.  It is a slow, horrible death.  There is an open investigation into this and if the police don’t find the shithead that did this, Hell certainly will.

You can read more about Patrick here at the Associated Humane Societies website.  In fact, their opening statement says it all.

The depths to which human depravity can sink, as illustrated by this story and gutwrenching pictures can shock even those of us who have seen the worst of the worst. The misery, pain and callousness inflicted by humans is more than can be understood by most people. It’s accepted that many people do not like animals or dogs or pit bulls in particular. However, the heartless manner in which a dying animal is tossed away like garbage is not only reprehensible but the increase that we have seen indicates a downward spiral of compassion, moral fiber and ethics.

You can donate to Patrick’s care at the Society’s Res-Q fund. You can also donate to Patrick’s care via the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls where Patrick is receiving round the clock care.

Updates to Patrick’s condition are being provided by the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter Facebook.  He is being fed small amounts every few hours to limit nausea.  His kidneys and liver seem to be ok.  He is also being treated for bedsores.   This morning he was taken off IV, is now taking his medications orally, and there is improvements in his blood volume.   Let’s pray these improvements continue.

I hope this case doesn’t get placed on the back-burner.  Because if it does, we’re never going to see the end of cruelty.  I’m desperately trying to put together my next Justice Round-Up and it keeps getting interrupted by more and more cruelty.  You bury one and it quickly gets replaced.  It’s an endless cycle.

Look at this boy’s face.  He needs to survive and be placed in a new home where he will never suffer abuse, loneliness, and starvation again.  But he is one in a thousand out there that don’t get that second chance.  You know, when the Devil looks towards earth and observes this sort of cruelty, even he shakes his head in disbelief.

UPDATE 3/26/11:  His abuser has been caught!

UPDATE 3/29/11:  Charges Upgraded.

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