Newark Woman Accused Of Starving, Dumping Pit Bull Pleads Not Guilty

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey woman accused of starving a dog that was found at the bottom of a trash chute pleaded not guilty Thursday to animal abuse charges, as letters and donations poured in from the around the world in support of the 1-year-old pit bull nicknamed Patrick.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: The suspect’s mother says she didn’t abuse the dog

Kisha Curtis appeared by video feed from the Essex County jail wearing an orange prison jumpsuit. Attorney Kelly Lerner, who represented Curtis for the arraignment, entered the plea on her behalf.

MUST SEE VIDEO: Patrick Chows Down At The Vet! (YouTube)

Meanwhile, Essex County’s courthouse has received more than 200 letters and faxes from around the world expressing concern for the dog and urging swift and harsh punishment for Curtis.

“She should not be treated with kid gloves,” a writer from Colorado says. “Throw the book at her,” another writes. One letter came from New Zealand.

Curtis is charged with two fourth-degree offenses for “tormenting and torturing” an animal by failing to provide food and water, the prosecutor’s office said. Those carry a maximum jail sentence of 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000, but the prosecutor’s office still has to determine whether those charges will be presented to a grand jury.

She also faces two abandonment charges that are disorderly persons offenses and are punishable by up to six months in jail with a $1,000 fine. Curtis, whose only previous brush with law is a 2003 shoplifting charge in Passaic County, could receive probation or community service, prosecutors said.

Municipal Court Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez continued Curtis’ bail at $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash. She faces another court hearing in early May.

Authorities say Curtis tied the dog to a railing in her Newark apartment building and left the state for more than a week. A janitor later found the emaciated dog in a trash bin.

Curtis’ mother was in court Thursday and said her daughter was in Albany, N.Y., when the dog was believed to have been abused.

“Somebody gave her that dog but she couldn’t take care of it, so she tied it up outside hoping somebody else could take it,” Tammie Curtis said. “Somebody took that dog and did whatever they did to it.”

Patrick, named because he was found the day before St. Patrick’s Day, is being treated at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls. On its website, the center wrote that is has received so many donations that it has discontinued accepting them and is urging people to donate to local animal shelters.

On March 16, the dog was found in the garbage of a Newark apartment building after apparently having been thrown down a trash chute in a plastic bag in the 22-story building.

When a maintenance worker discovered him, the pup was rushed to the trauma unit at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists.

It was determined the dog was severely anemic and malnourished. He received a blood transfusion and was later named Patrick.

Patrick’s progress also is being chronicled on a Facebook page. The page is crammed with messages from people interested in adopting him.

“He’s walking, which is a big symbol of hope, because he couldn’t walk in the beginning,” Assisstant Prosecutor Cheryl Cucinello said.

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  1. STARPOWER42 says:

    Hats off to Enson who found her…Miguel who brought the medical help to her…and Mark who caught Kisha Curtis YES!!! three(3) heros protector031@aol.com

  2. starpower42 says:

    updates and all inqueries about kisha curtis, the man who caught her and the maintenance man Enson who found her….send direct to Protector031@aol.com

  3. CG says:

    She couldn’t afford to feed the dog — But she could afford a bunch of stupid looking tattooes on her face and, if you look at her facebook, she also had her hair and nails done on a regular basis – BULL$HIT!!!! THROW THE BOOK AT THIS PIECE OF TRASH!!

  4. cj says:

    i think this woman should get a very long jail sentence. no animal deserves that hidious treatment. they should not feed her and beat her. thank god someone found him. i cried so hard for him. he will always be a poster dog. don’t take animals if you can’t handle responsibility. they are like babies who can’t speak and are defenseless.

  5. Doris says:

    Not guilty???if she gets free off, somebody get hold of her and beld the life out of her, then throw her down a Shoot, when she dies she won’t go to heaven, she goes to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Carolyn Banta says:

    Here is her booking info. Just search her name. Looks like she was released.
    http://www.eccorrections.org/inmatelookup

  7. GERRI says:

    SHE SHOULD GET TIME LIKE THE FAITH ROSS IN ROCKVILLE CENTER IN LONGISLAND AND MAKE HER SUFFER

  8. Patty says:

    Kisha Curtis should be euthanized.

  9. karen s says:

    hopefully the finding will allow for all charges’ maximum sentences to run consecutively and not concurrent. a big fine, and if she can’t pay, she works it off – with interest. community service should be in the 4 figures, and not picking up trash.every pet store, animal shelter should have her photo, name and any alias(es) front and center so no animal has to suffer at her hands like patrick. grow strong patrick, and live well!

  10. MARILYN HETTRICK says:

    THIS WOMAN SHOULD BE PUNISHED WITH A FELONY WHAT MAYBE 6 MONTHS IN JAIL PROBABLY NOT SHE’LL GO FREE WITH A SLAP ON THE HAND i HOPE ESSEX COUNTY GETS HER WITH A FELONY THAT SHE CERTAINLY DESERVES. I WOULD LOVE TO STARVE HER FOR A LONG WHILE AND PUT HER IN A BAG, DOWN THE SHOOT FOR WHAT SHE DID TO THIS BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL SHE DOESN’T DESERVE TO LIVE I HOPE WITH ALL MY HEART SHE GET THE WORST PENALTY POSSIBLE PLEASE CONTACT GOV. CHRISTIE AND ASK FOR STIFFER PENALTIES FOR ANY ANIMAL ABUSE ALL THEY WANT IS OUR LOVE NOTHING ELSE SO PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF ALL ABUSED ANIMALS LETS BAN TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR THOSE WHO CAN NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AND I HOPE YOU ARE ALL WITH ME FOR CASES LIKE PATRICK

  11. GC says:

    Animal abuse is horrible and I agree that she should be punished. However, where is the horror and disdain when a child is abused? Do people contribute to the child’s care or offer to adopt?

    1. taybor says:

      GC:
      Yes, we do contribute to the child’s care and offer to adopt.

      1. Judy says:

        Why do people always have to pit animals against children.I support both. I find that the people that have a problem with me helping animals don’t help children either .Put up or shut up people.!!!

  12. Jude says:

    This poor excuse for a human needs to be made an example. She should be severely punished to send a message that it is not ok to be compassionless moron. For anyone that cares to call or send a letter the Essex County Prosecutor’s office can be called at 973-621-4700. The address is Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Veterans Courthouse, 50 West Market Street, Newark NJ 07102. Be polite when you call. They are the ones prosecuting this low life. If they hear enough outrage they are apt to really nail this coward.

  13. cheryl says:

    I don’t believe he was starved for only one week. This person has NO CONSCIENCE OR SENSE OF DECENCY. Please administer the maximum prison sentence.

  14. Rasheen (Illuminati) Harrison says:

    As soon as I get my ass out of my current predicament, I will aim my fecal fury at Kisha Curtis’ door!

  15. JenaS62 says:

    No wonder Kisha Curtis is like she is. Her mother seems to think it’s ok to tie a dog up with no food or water and leave it to die. Wonder if Kisha’s mother tied her up with no food or water while she went out and partied? They are disgusting excuses for human beings.

    1. Teri Story Draper says:

      soRRY i THINK i HIT THE WRONG BUTTON HERE…. i AGREE HER MOM IS PROBABLYH A MORALESS PERSON HERSLEF.. IT TAKES A MONSTER TO RAISE A MONSTER AND I GUESS THE MONSTER HAVE COME TO LIGHT.

  16. shorty says:

    she needs to be punished and punshed hard do the same to her like she did to the dog laws need to be harder thats why people do what they do cause they know they can get way with it

  17. DeeRae says:

    The poor dog didn’t get that way in only the “week” the monster was gone! He was starved for a very long time! And that long time starvation she definitely was guilty of!!!

  18. Kerri aka MADDOG says:

    Here’s an idea, tie this woman and her mother to a pole and see if someone comes along to take care of them! I have never or anything so ridiculous or ignorant in my life. She could have taken Patrick to a shetler. I have never seen a dog so emaciated in my life that is still alive! Thank god some one found him. The punishment for her crime is not harsh enough!

    1. Karen says:

      That’s the best idea i’ve heard all day!

  19. Bridget says:

    I hope Patrick finds a good loving home.

  20. DP says:

    Moron, it’s one thing if a dog has to be euthanized and it can be done humanely, it’s another to leave it to slowly starve to death and then toss it out to die in a heap of trash. Get your head out of your ass.

  21. Devenio says:

    If only she would have taken the dog to the Gas Squad at the ASPCA. Its legal to kill a dog if the state does it… Why aren’t all you silly animal lovers protesting the ASPCA like the right to lifers protest abortion clinics?

    1. Bridget says:

      Devenio (i like the the by the way), you are an a$$. Maybe we should tie you up starve you for weeks then throw you sorry rear down a trash shute. You cannot compare humanely euthanizing to this. I have seen euthanzing and it is very peaceful, painless. There is no gas used fool.

    2. Sarah says:

      Maybe connect your brain to your mouth before talking?
      Clearly your arse is currently connected to your mouth instead…
      Your joke of a comment is ridiculous …. silly animal lovers?
      Just because you were born a compassionless joke of a human with no morals or brain doesnt mean defending needless animal suffering is stupid!
      Animals dont have a voice and need people to speak for them…. one day you may need someone to speak for you and because your’re such an idiot, no-one will
      Brainless troglodyte.

    3. lorenna says:

      You are an ass…plain and simple.

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