NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey woman has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty after authorities accused of her dumping a starved 1-year-old pit bull down a trash chute.

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Kisha Curtis, 28, could face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or community service if convicted.

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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.

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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 the dog was found in a garbage of a Newark apartment building (Photo Credit: AHS)

Patricia Scavelli, an administrator at GSVS, said when hospital officials first saw Patrick they “didn’t think he’d make it through the night.”

Patrick will be put up for adoption if he continues to improve and recovers, doctors said.

Last week, Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, in Rutherford, was donating a portion of their proceeds to the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey after hearing about Patrick’s heartbreaking story.

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