The dog was found wrapped in a plastic bag in a garbage chute just seconds before he would have been consumed by a trash compactor.
No one really knows how he got into the chute, but we do know that the dog’s owner had tied him to a railing and left him there for a week.
No one at Garden State Veterinary Services thought that he’d make it through the night, but somehow, he did.
They named him Patrick since he was discovered the day before St. Patrick’s Day… but this little dog wasn’t out of the woods yet.
At just 19 pounds and with a body temperature so low that it didn’t register on the thermometer, his chances for survival were slim.
He needed to have a massive hairball removed from his stomach before he could even eat again.
His horrible abuse had left him wary and fearful of humans.
As his story spread, Patrick began to gain a following of admirers
Although still very thin, he was beginning to resemble a dog instead of a skeleton.
He gradually began to trust the people who had been taking care of him.
Now that they knew he was going to survive, the staff’s next challenge was teaching Patrick to live like a dog again.
As his health improved, everyone at the veterinary hospital became more optimistic.
Patrick had begun to steadily put on weight… and develop a twinkle in his eye.
A year after he was discovered mere inches from death, the fifty-pound Patrick looks nothing like the puppy that was found in the garbage chute.
His former owner is being charged with neglect and abandonment, but regardless of what happens to her, Patrick has emerged victorious.
While he’s still timid around strangers, a dog biscuit is usually the perfect way to get him to warm up to you.
His story has been used to advocate for stricter animal abuse laws, which are desperately needed across the country.
Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, the hospital’s administrator, took Patrick into her own home… and it’s safe to say he adjusted fairly quickly.Thanks to the kindness and dedication of some amazing people, his life has changed forever.