This post is dedicated to Patrick…

I have spent the past couple of Thursday’s posting my answers to some of Marc and Angel Hack Life’s 365 thought-provoking questions. Today I am going to do something different and post on an issue that has been causing me heartache and sadness since I first read about it; Patrick the Pit Bull. I am not sure if you have heard this story in the news, it happened about two weeks ago. Here is a link in case you want to read more about it. Please keep in mind that this is a very sad story and it might make you cry. It did for me.

Patrick is a one year old pit bull who was starved and then tossed 19 floors down a garbage shoot. When he was found he weighed only 20 pounds and he didn’t even register a temperature. It breaks my heart to think of how this poor puppy suffered. He miraculously survived this ordeal and is being nursed back to health at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ. The GSVS website has a section for Patrick’s Pals where you can find updates on Patrick’s health and some very cute (but very sad) pictures of Patrick throughout his recovery. Patrick has a long road ahead of him but doctors expect him to make a full recovery and live a long, happy life.

Unfortunately, the charges against the horrible woman who did this are miniscule (6 months in prison and/or a $1000 fine) and from what I have read, she will probably not serve any jail time. So, let’s think about this for a minute- this woman will probably walk away from this offense with only a $1,000 fine. Please tell me you are as sickened by this as I am? It is situations like this where I wish we practiced Lex talionis punishment, an eye for an eye, because $1000 is nothing whereas the punishment of starvation followed by a 190 foot drop seems more appropriate to me.

As I cried and cringed over Patrick’s story I couldn’t help but think of my own two dogs who I just love more than anything. I couldn’t imagine life without them and I would think most animal owners (re: lovers) feel the same way. My dogs helped me to survive some of the toughest situations I have ever faced so to me the idea of starving them is incomprehensible. Dogs are such wonderful creatures filled with unlimited love and they ask for nothing in return. It physically pains me to think of the suffering Patrick endured while he was being deprived of food every day. I just can’t wrap my head around what type of person would do this to another living creature.

On a positive note, the GSVS has received enough direct donations to assure all of Patrick’s care will be covered. If you wish to honor Patrick, you are encouraged to make a donation to your local rescue organization in his name. I know most of us live on a tight budget and making monetary donations isn’t always possible. However, there is so much more we can do to help aside from monetary contributions. In addition to volunteering time, most shelters and rescue organizations are in need of blankets and towels, food, leashes, collars, toys, etc. Heck, my dog walker even collects plastic grocery bags from residents around the apartment complex and drops them off at a local rescue to be used as poop bags.

There are so many pets and rescue organizations in need of our help. My goal for today’s post, in addition to making you aware of Patrick’s plight, is to hopefully heighten awareness of the needs of animal rescues and humane societies. Sadly, there are many other stories out there like Patrick’s, so many animals neglected and mistreated and in need of care and love. Maybe by reading this post, the next time you go to replace your bath towels or buy a new collar for your doggy (or kitty) you will think to donate the old ones to a local organization. If we could all do just a little bit to help we could make a big change!

Ruby and Maggie (and their owner) thank you for reading!

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March 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . thought-provoking thursday.

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