The Miracle Dog
It seems there are always stories in the news about dogs and cats being abused, or mistreated by neglectful owners. One such story was that of one-year-old Patrick the pit bull who was found in a bag in a New Jersey apartment garbage shoot last month. He’d been tied to a railing for two weeks prior with no resources while the woman who “owned” him was on vacation. The woman claimed she’d hoped someone would take him during her absence, but that didn’t happen. Instead of surrendering him to her local shelters, she allowed him to deteriorate, starving him nearly to death. Upon his rescue, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, Patrick was found in the garbage shoot severely emaciated, dehydrated and a low body temperature. The vet staff at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists said he was in such bad condition, he was the kind of dog they usually euthanize to end their suffering. But Patrick was different, although he couldn’t support himself he still made an effort to look at his rescuers. He had some fight left and the staff were willing to help him as long as he was willing. They put him on some heating pads, fluids, and a blood transfusion.
Today Patrick is slowly gaining weight and recovering from his ordeal. His story has made international news and people all over the world have sent him gifts from money to toys. The woman who abused him is now facing animal cruelty charges.
While everyone is rightly angry with the woman who did this to Patrick, the apartment complex where he’d been kept was a 22 story building. There is no doubt that people saw him suffering everyday, or had some knowledge of his existence. Knowledge of a crime and not acting to do the right thing is basically the same thing as you committing the crime yourself. Yes the woman is to blame but so are the many people who walked by him everyday and did nothing.
Hopefully people will wake up and take note of what’s around them, perhaps we’re just so desensitized that we see nothing wrong with a dog who cannot even support his own weight, whose muscle mass has been converted to energy to survive one more day. This needs to change. If people open their eyes and see what’s occuring around them, perhaps more innocent lives could be saved from a life of suffering.