patrick’s custody battle goes on

Update:

 

Woo Hoo!! “Nathan Winograd
The Appellate Court turned away the AHS attempt to take custody of Patrick. In a very quick decision, the Appellate Court said the trial correct made the right decision and Patrick should stay at GSVS pending resolution of the criminal case against his abuser. Decision attached

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/affirmedpatrick.pdf

I feel sick and sad. Cannot believe I have to do another Patrick custody update but according to Nathan Winograd, AHS appealed the court order.  Please pray for our boy and GSVS today.   Below is taken from comments made on Facebook.  There is a bright light comment made at the end.

The Assoc. Humane Society in NJ is appealing a court order that Patrick stay with the veterinarian who saved him and the caretaker he has bonded with pending the outcome of the cruelty case. AHS is continuing its fight to put Patrick on display at its “zoo” so it can continue to fundraise off of him. AHS has a long, sordid history of substandard and neglectful conditions. Will his exploitation never end?

The application for leave to file an emergency appeal (essentially an appeal) was filed June 16 with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. I’ve uploaded a copy of the filing and posted the link above. But here it is again: www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/ahsappeal.pdf.

Last night the good Capt. posted this:

NJ SPCA
To All : Patrick continues his amazing journey and is a happy and healthy pup. I can assure you that “ain’t nothing or nobody” that is going to move him from his current abode. Still trying to sort out the legal issues BUT Patrick is staying put at GSVS until after adjudication of charges against K. Curtis. PERIOD..Just Sayin.Capt

Nathan Winograd

Here’s the timeline to clarify:

1. On June 16, AHS filed a motion asking leave of the appellate court to turn Patrick over to them pending the appeal.
2. On Tuesday, they filed their brief appealing the decision of the court keeping Patrick with GSVS pending disposition of the criminal case.
3. Today, the City of Newark’s brief in opposition is due.

Nathan Winograd

I think the NJ SPCA, while perhaps good-intentioned, is giving people false information. First, they indicated that it was just rumor almost a week after AHS first petitioned the appellate court for custody of Patrick. Then when I posted the petition, they claim it is “just a petition” even though by that time, AHS got leave of court to file their brief which they did on Tuesday. (The City of Newark’s brief in opposition is due today.)Now, NJ SPCA claims Patrick will definitely stay put. I think it is irresponsible to give people such assurances when they were not even aware of the filing, have consistently misrepresented the state of the filing, and haven’t even read the briefs.

I hope they are right. I truly do. I hope the petition is denied. But I don’t know and NJ SPCA certainly doesn’t know, having been wrong on two occasions about this already. And saying they do is irresponsible bravado.

You can contact AHS http://www.ahscares.org/shop/contactus.asp and tell them what you think. How they should STOP WASTING money and resources and TAKE GOOD CARE OF THE ANIMALS ALREADY IN THEIR CARE.  Given that GSVS has obviously provided great care to Patrick, given that Patrick has bonded with his primary caretaker there, given that his primary caretaker has bonded with Patrick, given that they clearly care about each other, and given that broken bonds are not good for dogs, if money isn’t the motive, why try to pull him away from the love and care, given how much he has already suffered?

Here are photographs and documents taken from state inspection reports of AHS in 2003, 2009, and 2011. Be forewarned they are incredibly graphic: www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/pdf/newark.pdf. Their history of substandard and neglectful conditions should GET THEM SHUT DOWN.

A bright spot comment:

I believe that the appeal will fail unless the judge made a serious error, and I don’t believe that he did. I think this is just “lawyerly grandstanding”, and one more example of AHS’ willingness to waste valuable resources, putting their own interest before those of animals in need.

wish I had a better more current photo of Patrick, but this one shows who Patrick belongs with, GSVS.

29 Comments

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29 responses to “patrick’s custody battle goes on

  1. Thanks for keeping us updated.

  2. NANCY CHAVEZ ALDRICH

    PATRICK BELONGS WITH THE PEOPLE WHO SAVED HIM AND THEY WANT HIM TOO. HE HAS BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH IN HIS YOUNG LIFE. JUST KNOWING HE WILL BE TOTALLY SAFE WITH HIS CARETAKERS THAT HE HAS NOW MAKES ALL OF PATRICKS FANS TOTALLY RELIEVED AND HAPPY. IN MY EYES THERE IS NO DISPUTING OVER PATRICK. HE IS ALREADY HOME!

    • SUSAN

      PATRICK BELONGS WITH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CARING FOR HIM AT GARDEN STATE VET. THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT LOVE HIM..DO NOT BREAK HIS SPRIT. HE HAS BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH. HE IS HAPPY AT GSV.

  3. Bailey

    With all the dogs that need help, how do they possibly justify going to court for custody of a homeless dog? This is the part of the case I have yet to understand. As shelters are crying for financial assistance to home, feed, market, screen, and place aniimals, what possible logic can they give to potential donors for using funds to keep this fight going?

    There is nothing to stop them from using stories like this one to raise funds. Having the dog out of a good home hardly is good press for the work that they are supposed to be accomplising. Someone needs to take a step back and look at the PR of all of this as it relates to their future potential to raise funds. This dog won’t be a cash cow for fundraising if donors are turned off by the idea that they are wasting donor funds on court cases for dogs that have homes and not using the money for homeless dogs.

    • very logical and I agree but I don’t think that greed is logical. they’ve already gotten bad PR and lost donors because of this and their history. all they are doing is proving that they don’t care about Patrick and the other animals in their care. if you saw their faces at the custody hearing, they are angry and do not care what anyone thinks.

  4. Agree with you – what about all the dogs already on hand? They just seem to be chasing publicity. Hopefully all will work out well!

  5. wolfydog71177@yahoo.com

    Patrick needs to stay where he is cared for, and loved. AHS have given Patrick up, because they could care for his needs. Why the hell do you think you can care for him now. This is nothing more than a greedy ploy to try and get some of the fame and fortune that has been received by those how truly cared about Patrick. Swallow what little pride you may still have and fess up to the real reason that you want Patrick. All you will do is endanger his health, and mental state. Have pity on this dog that has already endure a fate of hell.

  6. Gail

    Wow…that place should be shut down! Leaving those animals in plastic bags waiting to be cremated. The should be refigerated. Poor babies!! I certainly hope whoever has the authority will leave Patrick where he belongs. Deplorable!

  7. angie

    I sent them a message on the link above. I realize the opinion of one woman in Indiana isn’t going to change their minds, but if enough of us speak our minds, maybe we can make a difference. Maybe they will come to understand that what they are trying to do is just WRONG.

  8. I was already against Patrick being removed from the people that saved his life, and have LOVED him SO VERY MUCH, but after seeing this facility and reading the disgusting reports, I think I would practically drop my whole life and make it my life’s work to keep Patrick AWAY FROM THERE !!! I cannot believe any judge would allow it in the first place. Something needs to be done about the poor animals that are ALREADY AT that disgusting facility!!!! Please keep us posted, and if there is anything we can do to help, or I can do, (I have plenty of time), please let us know.

    • This is so ridiculous, Patrick needs to be with people who love him, not locked up–hasn’t he suffered enough ? What’s wrong with them, this is so cruel. Sending all my prayers and love to you Patrick from Canada.

  9. lily

    AHS should be ashamed of themselves.

  10. Stacy

    Can this dog just live with the people who saved him please? A ZOO? I hate zoos! They exploit animals in every possible way. Patrick deserves to live in a loving home, sleep on cozy furniture and eat premium dog food…not in a zoo! WTH!

    • I don’t think AHS plans for him to live in the zoo and from what I heard about the zoo, he’d be better off there than at AHS if they did… but I think they wanted to get him a foster home. Seems like he’s got a good home with the folks at GSVS, why move him elsewhere???

      • Because a veterinary hospital is NOT a good home. It’s a terrible home filled with sick, stressed and unhappy animals, chaos, noice, and too many people for Patrick to ever develop a sense of normalcy.

        AHS wants to place him in a foster home where he can DE-stress, mellow out, and receive a proper evaluation. I have worked extensively in rescue as both a foster and in evaluating adoption applicants, so please take note that AHS has done nothing wrong, and in fact what they want to do is exactly right. EXACTLY.

      • I approved one of your numerous comments, but then some people cannot take yes for an answer, I guess I should trash this comment so you can be right as well as outnumbered in your opinion.

      • Bev

        to Hester Nash: A vet hospital is not a terrible home, especially when Patrick has been there to get well and he is not completely 100%. He shouldn’t be fostered out until the vet gives him a 100% bill of health. Furthermore, why should we, the public take AHS’s word that they will foster him out, when on their website, they have been lying and taking the credit for saving Patrick’s life, when in fact it was the vet’ who saved his life. I suggest Mr. Nash or Ms. Nash that you keep your unwanted opinions to yourself and leave Patrick where he belongs, with the people who has his best interest at heart, which isn’t AHS.

    • Mary

      Stacy, I believe the reference to a “zoo” was just figuratively speaking, not a literal zoo as we think of a zoo. The word was used because AHS wants to simply “use” Patrick as a figurehead, as something for people to see and feel so badly about the plight of homeless dogs that they donate money. They want Patrick for “show” purposes. They want Patrick for what Patrick can do for them, NOT for what they can do for Patrick! Thus, the “zoo” reference was used because animals in the zoo are put on display for us to see, and often times they are used to help raise money to help save animals and their habitats in the wild. Patrick would be “used” in the same way, except that Patrick has an option, an option to be cared for and loved and nurtured, a chance for him to be happy! And that is the GOAL for animal groups, or should be, that they can place ALL homeless animals in loving, caring forever homes!

  11. While I’m not surprised that an appeal was filed, it concerns me that they choose to waste money that could be better spent on the animals! I sent an email to AHS this morning expressing my view that they need to leave Patrick where he is. I cannot fathom why they would want to move him. It certainly is NOT for his well-being and it is NOT in his best interest. That says a lot about their intention for him. Prayerfully, the judge will uphold the ruling that Patrick belongs with GSVS. If the pictures of AHS are submitted as evidence, I cannot imagine why any other decision would be made!

  12. Marcia Siemsen

    AHS is spending precious dollars on legal fees that could be spent saving and caring for more needy animals. The fact that they are not factoring in the financial aspects to this case suggests an irrational and untoward motivation (i.e., greed). I had an open mind about all this until I read that they appealed. No more. It’s turned into a pissing contest for no good reason.

  13. Justine

    Sadly, I had to leave NJ SPCA page, as it appeared ego based rather than informative and educational. AHS continuing this fight is simply abhorent. It seems there is more than one organization using this poor pup. God bless Patrick and those at GSVS who have his best interests at heart. Too many exploiting this case for celebrity and monitary gain…….Thanks Nathan for keeping it real.

  14. DIANE

    LEAVE PATRICK WITH GSVS THEY HAVE CARED AND LOVED AND NURSED THIS POOR LITTLE ANIMAL BACK TO HEALTH LET THE DOG
    BE WITH THOSE WHO LOVE AND CARE FOR HIM.THERE IS NO NEED
    FOR HIM TO BE ANYWHERE ELSE GSVS HAS BEEN PATRICK’S
    ANGEL, AND THE DOG IS HAPPY. GO AFTER THE LOW LIFE WHO
    ABUSED AND MALNOURISHED PATRICK TO NEAR DEATH,THIS IS
    WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH,PATRICK HAS HIS HOME
    NOW AND THE PERSON WHO ABUSED HIM NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

  15. Amy Martin

    Why isn’t the AHS SHUT DOWN??? That is disgusting and disturbing!! NO animal should be treated the way those animals are treated. If they can’t do a good job, they shouldn’t do it at ALL!!!

  16. Kiki

    Poor doggy, he should stay with the people that love him

  17. Dr. Donna Struck

    If an abused child were removed from the abuser’s household by say, Children&Youth of that state, and placed in a loving foster care, would C&Y remove the child four months later just because they may have been first on the scene to remove that child from abuse??? We all know the answer to that.

    Why should animals be any different? Patrick is thriving in an arena where he feels love, security and support. To uproot him just because some organization feels that they were first on the scene to help him in my opinion, tells me there are (shall we say) “other reasons” as to why they suddenly want Patrick back.

    You would kid yourself if you think an animal does not suffer from being separated from those that love him. Think of the greeting you receive when you come home at the end of the day from your beloved dog or cat. If this is “in the best interest of Patrick,” WHY would anyone want to cause this aninal more suffering?

    The question remains what is the best for Patrick? Certainly not placing him in their their possession….uprooting him….causing more emotional trauma for this poor animals who probably would not have survived had he not been given round the clock amazing veterinary care from GSVS. Not to mention the love and empathy that everyone has felt and shown for this poor abused soul.

    There are many Patricks out there. Just look at Facebook which, because of Patricks sad situation, has made all of us acutely aware of what is happening among us to animals every day. Maybe the focus should be on saving starving animals instead of apealing court decisions….. not exactly a good use of time. Let go of the proverbial bone already, will you?

    Don’t they have ENOUGH animals to care for? Maybe if they invest the time and money and resources in doing what their organization claims to do — saving animals — skip the political crap, shake hands, wish GSVS luck and thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty…and MOVE FORWARD, life would be better for all concerned.

    So very sad …. start anew and make this about PATRICK, not about EGO and who wins.

    I hope they settle this nonsense soon, take their gloves and baseballs and just go home. Children work out differences better than adults sometimes. Just sayin’.

    Dr. Donna Struck

    • very well said, thank you. did you send this message to AHS??? There are many Patricks out there. Just look at Facebook which, because of Patricks sad situation, has made all of us acutely aware of what is happening among us to animals every day. Maybe the focus should be on saving starving animals instead of appealing court decisions….. not exactly a good use of time. Let go of the proverbial bone already, will you?

  18. Patty

    I had no idea AHS was such a disgraceful place, I thought our local animal shelter was bad, but it is 100% better than those photos! Of course no animal should have to go there. Close it down.

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