NEWARK, N.J. (AP/CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey woman accused of starving a 1-year-old pit bull that was found at the bottom of a trash chute was back in court Friday.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray

Kisha Curtis pleaded not guilty in late March to animal abuse charges. A judge could schedule future court dates and a possible trial.

Curtis is charged with two fourth-degree offenses for “tormenting and torturing” an animal. She also faces two abandonment charges that are punishable by up to six months in jail.

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.

Patrick on April 8, 2011 (credit: The Patrick Miracle/Facebook)

Doctors at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls determined the dog was severely anemic and malnourished. He received a blood transfusion and was later named Patrick because he was found the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

Thousands of e-mails, faxes, and phone calls have come into the Essex County Prosecutor’s office since March.

On Friday, about 40 people demonstrated outside the Newark courthouse to show their support for Patrick.

“We have gotten them from across the country and even some, I believe, from Canada,” acting prosecutor Carolyn Murray tells WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney. “I do think that it’s a benefit to our society that people are concerned about cruelty in whatever form.”

She’s calling for a stiff sentence.  

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Comments (17)
  1. kendra says:

    now why would they have that lady plead not guilty when she did a horrible horrible thing to that dog and then on top of that she had the nerve to go away on a vacation if i didn,t have a dog i would have taken the dog in….someone needs to tie her up and lieave her outside in the bitter cold so she could see how that feels.

  2. Rodin says:


    You hurt me or my family or my property, I’ll patiently wait for the justice system to work its way to retribution. But laws protecting Dogs and other animals, written by humans, are flawed, grossly skewed in favour of humans and full of inequities.

    Michael Vicks, a monster by any decent person’s standards, is back in the limelight making millions after abusing and killing who knows how many animals and getting slapped on the wrist. AND NOW HE WANTS TO GET HIMSELF A PUPPY!!! He should be behind bars for many years to come. He should be banned from football for life for gambling.

    SO, you hurt one of my Dogs…, YOU’RE DEAD!

  3. Pierre van Niekerk says:

    Just get the woman shot! Remove her and possible distorted genetics from society forever! A little bit of Darwinism is what society need!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Nancy, if more people had respect for one another, things like this would never happen. nor would they have to post a comment like yours. i am an advocate for both animal rights and for abuse victims, so one does often lead to another, as it is the same “mentality” is what causes the abuse.

  5. Jo Ward says:

    I do not agree- people I know who get this fired up over an animal also get this fired up over child and elder abuse. One can lead to the other…..

  6. Bc Icedog says:

    animal abuse is linked to other serious crimes particularly crimes against women and children

  7. stephi says:

    I would like to know if Kisha Curtis has any children. If she does, I hope child servies takes them away from her. To all the people who say this is getting out of hand all over an animal, please remember that people who hurt animals are more likley to hurt people. This has to be niped in the bub before we read in the papers of someone who killed and has a history of animal crulity.

    1. irishgirl says:

      I completely agree…..Serial killers almost ALWAYS start by torturing and abusing animals. I think that if you are arrested for either of these two crimes, a mandatory psych eval of 90 days in psyche hospital should happen. There needs to be harsher penalties for animal abuse. If this would happen, the US might just be able to stop a child abuser, serial killer, etc before they can move on to humans.

  8. brooklyn4ever says:

    John, animals are totally helpless and look to humans for companionship and loyalty and love. They have no say in what happens to them. The animal that I see here has 2 legs, not 4 and the exact same thing should be done to her or even better, one of her kids if she has any.

  9. Nancy Rosario says:

    and although I don’t know the specifics, anyone receiving ANY TYPE of public assistance who commits ANY crime, should have all their assistance terminated…

  10. Nancy Rosario says:

    do you go to court and get this fired up when it happens to an elderly, child or woman?

  11. Stephanie Timms says:

    John_that would certainly b a reality if sum1 wld start a pg administer it and use the internet 2 bring 2gether as 1 the love and concern 4 ne type of abuse elderly children animals ne1!!!! petitions wld b signed and shared rallies wld take place…i personally have been involved in a few cases of child abuse/neglect myself as far as outcry 4 justice goes….also i am aware there r childrens advocates in most counties that wld benefit from using internet 2 reach ppl & gain support…it will b harder 4 child cases because there is only a limited amt of details or parts of the “story” that can b released….there r no such “rights” 4 animals in most areas….that is the goal we r all trying 2 make a reality here….stiffer penalties on the books so prosecution can take its natural course…plz feel free 2 send me ne of ur elderly rape child abuse petitions or pages and i will gladly join share fax or email in support….

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  13. Tonya says:

    Tie her up to a railing and leave her there, then throw her down a trash shute. An eye for an eye! What a waste of air she is!!

  14. Stephen Smith says:

    at least 2 years in prison. In Afghanmistan.

  15. Micha says:

    Lock the ugly, fat pig up! Better yet, use her for training police dogs 🙂

    1. Big Johnson says:

      Actually, if you’ve been following this story on the news you’ll see that she’s not fat. She’s not particularly ugly either. She’s just really ignorant, and lazy, and irresponsible…totally ghetto. Then again – have you seen or heard Ms. Curtis’ mother speak in her defense? It’s no wonder she’s the way she is…the apple does not fall far from the tree.

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