Kisha Curtis will not be spending one day in jail for animal cruelty. On Thursday morning, at Newark Superior Court, Curtis was sentenced to 18 months of probation for the internationally publicized case of a starved dog, later named Patrick, who was stuffed in a trash bag, and thrown down a garbage chute in a Newark apartment house.
According to NBC New York.com, Curtis forfeits the right to the now perfectly healthy Patrick, and will pay $2,000 in restitution to the New Jersey American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office stated there was little chance of Curtis spending any time in jail because she was a first time offender. The judge stated she was unlikely to commit another animal cruelty act.
In August, Governor Chris Christie increased penalties for animal cruelty. A first time abuser punishment fines increased from $1,000 to $3,000. A second offense could land an abuser in jail for a year with fines up to $5,000.
A decision is also expected to be handed down as to the permanent custody of Patrick; that decision could happen at anytime. Patrick lives with Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, who calls the dog, despite his great fame as a poster pup against animal cruelty, a "normal dog."
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UPDATE: Patricia Scavelli has been awarded full custody of Patrick. Congratulations everyone, and a wonderful life for all!