I am contacting you today to discuss my concern for the sentencing of Kisha Curtis, should she be found guilty of the charges against her for the torture and abandonment of the dog now named Patrick.
Ms. Curtis chose to starve Patrick for at least a month and leave him tied to a railing for a week while she went out of town. These are the actions of someone who knowingly disregards the life of a pet dependent upon her for basic needs of food, water and shelter.
If that was not enough, Ms. Curtis then proceeded to put Patrick in a garbage bag and throw him away down a garbage chute.
New Jersey ranks in the bottom ten states for animal protection laws by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (see http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1548 for more information). This means that not only are the charges against Ms. Curtis not nearly as severe as they would be if her actions had taken place in other states, but the sentencing that corresponds with the charges are minimal in comparison to the vicious and inhumane nature of her crime.
Patrick’s fight for life has inspired people from across the world to be more compassionate toward animals. Essex County is in a position to set a strong example for Newark as well as New Jersey (and beyond) in terms of how cases of animal abuse are handled.
Though I understand that Essex County must operate within the laws available on charges and sentencing for animal cruelty cases, I urge you to seek the maximum sentence allowed by law.
I WOULD SUGGEST “PUBLIC CASTRATION”, BUT SHE AIN’T GOT NO “COJONES”
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