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Patrick's Law is an animal advocacy movement founded in March 2011. It aims to raise
awareness for an end to animal abuse; pursue stronger animal welfare legislation
at the State and Federal levels; create a National Animal Abuser Registry; and expose
animal abuse worldwide.
The handsome boy to the right is Patrick. A human starved him to near death, put
his emaciated body in a plastic garbage bag, then threw him down the garbage chute
in a Newark (NJ) apartment building. On March 16, 2011, against all odds, a maintenance
man saw the bag moving and discovered Patrick was alive... barely. If Patrick hadn’t
moved, even a little, he would’ve ended up in a pile of garbage. No one would have
known that he lived or died. And his abuser would never have been caught. Patrick
couldn’t bark, cry or whimper, but he MOVED!
Did the man who found Patrick simply take him to the local shelter or a vet to be
euthanised? No! He brought him to Associated Humane Societies (AHS) in Newark. Did
that Vet look at Patrick and give up? No! They rushed him 40 miles South to the Garden
State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ. Did the next Vet and Staff look
at Patrick and give up on him? No! They immediately began extraordinary measures
to save this brave dog’s life. Morning came, and he made it through the night. It
was St. Patrick’s Day, so they named him Patrick.
Since then, Patrick captured millions of hearts around the world, making him our
“Poster Puppy” for stronger animal abuse legislation. No animal deserves to be abused,
abandoned or neglected. It’s time to encourage and pressure your elected officials
to support Patrick’s Law, so all animal abuse will be treated as a felony with lengthy
prison terms and hefty fines imposed as punishment.
No one should rest until all animal abusers are in prison for their heinous and inexcusable
crimes against all animal companions. Will you volunteer to help with this historic