Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cory Booker: My Birthday Wish to End Animal Cruelty

Cory Booker: My Birthday Wish to End Animal Cruelty

Recently a heinous incident of animal cruelty took place in our city and shocked the world. On March 16th, the day before St. Patrick's Day, a 1-year-old pit bull was found inside a trash bag, starved and near death after having been thrown down a trash chute. At the time of his rescue by a heroic and caring maintenance worker, he weighed only 20 pounds -- less than half of what doctors considered normal weight. He was quickly transferred to a trauma unit at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where they found him to be severely anemic and malnourished, requiring a blood transfusion in order to survive. For his miraculous recovery and the holiday on which he was found, he has been dubbed "Patrick the miracle dog." Despite his horrific abuse, Patrick is expected to recover fully into a happy, healthy dog.

Patrick's story is one of countless instances of animal cruelty taking place daily around the world. It is a reminder that many animals suffer appalling abuse, and without our help, cases like this will end even more tragically. It is my hope that through spreading awareness and working together, we can help save many of these defenseless animals from abuse and neglect.

Abuses in my neighborhood: "Chi" abused and neglected (Rescued)

"Lucky" Hung from a tree, for fun. (feral)

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