A picture paints a thousand words. The highly disturbing pictures above say it all. They show the horrible state the dog Patrick was in after he was found by a maintenance worker in a garbage bin in Newark, New Jersey on 16 March.
Normally, the contents of the garbage bin, which is at the bottom of the building in which Patrick, as the dog was later named, was living, are sent directly into a garbage compactor, but that day the maintenance worker noticed a bag moving, opened it, and found a dog inside. The dog was pathetically thin and on death's doorstep.
There are garbage chutes on each floor of that building. According to a report on the website of Associated Humane Societies, someone had no more use for the dog, had starved it to near death, put it in a garbage bag and threw it down the garbage chute.
Patrick was just barely living. "His eyelids were moving a little, but he was just lifeless - his body hung there when we picked him up," Monmouth County animal control officer Arthur Skinner said.
Fortunately, after a few days of being taken care of, Patrick is slowing becoming more than skin and bones. He is able to sit up and walk and eat canned dog food.
It is definitely a criminal offence to abuse an animal like that. I definitely wish that when the urgent task of saving Patrick is accomplished, the next important one of bringing the culprit to justice will take off.
Hang in there, Patrick. You'll make it!