Patrick, The Miracle Dog


Patrick, The Miracle Dog, Recovers After Being Starved, Tossed Down Garbage Chute (PHOTOS)

10 Patrick, The Miracle Dog

It’s been more than a year since a starving puppy was found at the bottom of a trash chute of a large apartment building in Newark, New Jersey. On March 16, 2011, the building’s superintendent found the emaciated and shivering dog — who’d been wrapped in a plastic bag — just seconds before he would’ve been swallowed up by the trash compacter. The dog was named Patrick because he was discovered the day before St. Patrick’s Day. Rescuers didn’t think he would survive another 24 hours. But he did. And his story is something of a miracle.

Prev AHS wants to find a new forever-home for Patrick. Garden State Veterinary Specialists of Tinton Falls, however, is also vying for a part in Patrick's plight. He has been staying with Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, the hospital’s administrator, who also wants to keep the brave dog. “He really gives love,” Scavelli told Irish Central. “He climbs into your lap, he would prefer to sit in your lap than lay on the floor. He also sleeps in our bed at night, along with the cat.” However, a few physical scars remain from Patrick's ordeal. NBC reports that he is still fearful of strangers, but when fed a few dog treats, he quickly warms up. Curtis is scheduled to appear in court on charges of animal cruelty. She is not accused with tossing Patrick down the chute, only with neglect and abandonment. (16)   (21)       (22)     of 4Next