If you think that a speedy trial for justice for Patrick the pit bull, the emaciated dog who captured the hearts of millions after he was found practically dead in March 2011 in a Newark garbage chute should have already been dispensed, you're most likely correct. Friday morning however, at the Essex County Veteran's Courthouse Superior Court Judge Joseph Cassini III granted more time for Kisha Curtis' defense, the woman accused of animal cruelty toward Patrick.
Do not expect to hear any more discussion of Curtis' fourth degree animal cruelty charge until April.
According to NJ.com, Andrew Rojas, the court appointed defense attorney for Curtis, told Judge Cassini he needed more time to answer the very lengthy rejection letter from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office requesting that Curtis be allowed to enter a pre-trial intervention program.
“The state was very thorough in denying PTI to Miss Curtis,” agreed Margarita Rivera, the assistant prosecutor.
Curtis rejected the Essex County Prosecutor's Office plea deal of 18 months in prison, a $5,000 fine and 30 days of community service. Instead she had applied for pretrial intervention that eventually could result in any criminal record being wiped clear.
Curtis admitted to abandoning Patrick and leaving him tied in the hallway of the Newark apartment house where she lived, but has denied ever neglecting the dog and stated in an interview that she "never harmed him or tortured him in any way."
Patrick's well documented recovery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls and his subsequent foster home with Patricia Scavelli continues to rally support for the plight of many more abused and tortured dogs.
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