Kisha Curtis, the 29-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to a charge fourth-degree animal cruelty charge in the case of "Patrick," a starved pit bull found in March 2011, will spend no time behind bars, reported Thursday's NBC New York News.
Instead, Essex County Superior Court Judge Joseph Cassini sentenced the Newark, N.J., woman to 18 months of probation and ordered her to pay nearly $2,000 in restitution to the New Jersey ASPCA, which provided Patrick's initial emergency care.
Curtis was spared jail time because she is a first time offender.
Curtis faced the animal cruelty charge for abandoning her dog, later dubbed "Patrick," at a Newark, N.J., apartment complex. Patrick, who had been starved to the brink of death, was found by a maintenance worker; the dog was at the bottom of a trash chute inside of a 22-story apartment complex.
In addition to the restitution and probation time, Curtis was forced to surrender her rights to Patrick.
Patrick astounded everyone when he made a full recovery from his severe starvation. Today, he is healthy, thriving and described as "a normal dog."
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