Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Group Wants “Miracle Dog” Patrick Moved to Rescue Zoo

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
 
DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:41 PM
Original message
Group Wants “Miracle Dog” Patrick Moved to Rescue Zoo
Edited on Fri May-06-11 05:42 PM by DainBramaged
Patrick, the horribly emaciated pit bull whose close-to-death body was found in a trash bag in a garbage chute of a 22-story apartment building in March, has been through enough during his one year of life. But now the very agency that helped rescue him is asking for him to be moved from the only good “home” he has ever known and into a “rescue zoo.”

The Associated Humane Societies claimed in a 40-page motion filed in New Jersey Superior Court this week that it has legal ownership of Patrick. According to the Associated Press, the AHS wants to take him from the veterinarian’s, where he has been recovering, and place him in the Popcorn Park Zoo. The Zoo is a refuge for farm, wild, and domestic animals who have had bad lives. People pay admission to see the 200 or so animals who call the zoo their home.

The AHS claims Patrick is theirs to do with as they please.

“Patrick is no different than any other stray or abandoned picked up in Newark or any other city — once he was rescued by AHS, he became the property of AHS,” the motion reads. “AHS did not surrender possession or control of Patrick, but merely turned the dog over to GSVS for treatment, with the expectation that Patrick would be returned to AHS once his medical condition improved and he was able to be released.”

This is what Patrick looked like when they found him



:cry:


This is Patrick today



AHS, which had garnered such good will after Patrick’s rescue, is fast losing it by this leg-lift maneuver. A rescue organization that refers to dogs as their “property” doesn’t inspire warm and fuzzy feelings. Moving a dog like this might be protocol for them, but Patrick isn’t your typical rescue: He looked like a corpse when he was brought in. Two months of round-the-clock care and nurturing have gotten him past the danger zone. And he has bonded with his caretakers — something he probably never had the chance to do in his short, tormented year of life. They say he’s a real “people dog.”


http://dogblog.dogster.com/2011/05/06/group-wants-miracle-dog-patrick-moved-to-rescue-zoo/


(AP)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:44 PM
Response to Original message
1. Words fail me,and they rarely do.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:45 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. It took a few minutes to post this story.
:cry:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:48 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. I can well imagine---the human race is something,isn't it?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:45 PM
Response to Original message
2. Reporting -- where is the why?
I really would like to understand the underlying motivation for this. Seems a lot of resources to expend for a dog who is being well cared for. So ... WHY?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:59 PM
Response to Reply #2
10. There must be a reason. No reason why? nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:59 PM
Response to Reply #2
11. Could be to raise money since they charge for people to see the animals
Maybe AHS wants a high profile rescue to attract more visitors to their zoo. The part I find doubtfull is that the animals are better off in the "rescue zoo" than they would be in a regular home or at the vet's office.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:17 PM
Response to Reply #11
16. Spot on. They want him as a money making tool.
:mad:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:59 PM
Response to Reply #2
12. Patrick has been copyrighted bythe AHS, which goes a long way toward explaining the why.
This is about potential donations, not about the dog. It's a guess, but I'll bet I'm not wrong.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:51 PM
Response to Original message
5. is he dangerous in some way? because i would think the goal would be to place him in a good
home so that he can be a part of a family.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:51 PM
Response to Original message
6. when ever I see stories like this I hug my cat
thankfully there are angels in this world, for instance Patrick's caregivers.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:58 PM
Response to Reply #6
8. I hug my rescue doggies. My heart breaks when I hear stories like this. nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:05 PM
Response to Reply #8
15. good for you for saving doggies, I rescue cats
:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:55 PM
Response to Original message
7. This particular veterinarian finds the very concept of a
"rescue zoo" horrifying.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:05 PM
Response to Reply #7
14. I think the companion animal rescue facility is separate from Popcorn Park Zoo which
provides a sanctuary for more exotic animals.
http://www.ahscares.org/aboutus.asp
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:59 PM
Response to Original message
9. He needs a home. A real home. Nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:27 PM
Response to Reply #9
17. For some animals, a vet clinic IS a real home. I had my grandparents' cat
Edited on Fri May-06-11 06:27 PM by kestrel91316
at my clinic as a mascot for the last 10 1/2 of her nearly 19 years. She was happy as a clam. She had way more interaction with people than my cats at home did.

A dog needs a lot of human interaction and a vet clinic can be a great place to get it. Plenty of vets have canine mascots, though not generally for the decade I had that particular cat.

A ZOO, OTOH, particularly where an animal is on display to generate income for anyone (person or nonprofit or for profit corporation) just seems wrong to me.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:33 PM
Response to Reply #17
18. A staff member at the hospital wants to adopt Patrick.
Everybody on the various Facebook Patrick fan pages, the NJSPCA, and Mayor Corey Booker all think this is a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, AHS disagrees. :(
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:41 PM
Response to Reply #17
21. Our vet has their dogs and cat at the clinic too
Edited on Fri May-06-11 06:48 PM by DainBramaged
Two of the BEST vet's I have ever known, husband and wife. We have bought all of our babies in at various times for as little as a nail trimming or Cash's referral heartworm removal in Philadelphia and they are kind, many times don't charge, and genuinely love animals.

Byram Animal Hospital

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:03 PM
Response to Original message
13. You know there must have been someone who wanted to adopt
him after reading his story and seeing his pictures. This is wrong in so many ways. Poor baby.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:39 PM
Response to Original message
19. Sorry, I can't get past the picture of Patrick when he was found.
How was that dog not dead? OMG.

:cry:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:43 PM
Response to Reply #19
22. He's come so far since then, he looks like a different dog. GSVS used to post
pictures and videos of Patrick on Facebook and gave regular updates about Patrick's condition. When all the legal nonsense started, they stopped the posts. According to one of the last updates I remember, his weight was up to 36 lbs. He's probably over 40 lbs. now.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:40 PM
Response to Original message
20. Contact Popcorn Park Zoo now to register your objections.
Link: http://www.ahscares.org/shop/contactus.asp

I've visited Popcorn Park Zoo. While I have visited their cat & dog kennels as well as their rescue zoo (all areas are immaculate) I doubt Patrick will get the kind of care he is getting now at this vet's where he is at. Not sure why they won't let him be adopted out to the hospital staff member who wants him (perhaps they want him to be with someone who is stay-at-home?). There are both sides to every story. Be polite.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:50 PM
Response to Original message
23. I don't think they would have any trouble finding a home for him
I really don't care for people some times.

If you don't want a dog don't get one. We have an obligation to those animals we choose to care for, this person obviously didn't bother to realize that. Hell shooting it would be kinder than that.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
WorseBeforeBetter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:40 PM
Response to Original message
24. MUCH better photos of Patrick today...
Edited on Fri May-06-11 07:44 PM by WorseBeforeBetter
http://www.ahscares.org/Patrick_Photo_Gallery.htm



I hope he ends up in a loving home, away from the spotlight. I've been reading AHS updates at their website and something definitely seems "off" about them.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri May 24th 2024, 04:57 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC