The subject is one that leaves people speechless and upset: animals who have been mistreated and starved by their owners. But what New Jersey animals rights organization, Associated Humane Socieities' Newark Animal Shelter, found in a garbage chute one day was more shocking than anything that had come before.
Inside a plastic bag, they found a bundle of misery: a dog so emaciated that he was barely more than skin and bones. But even though the picture suggests otherwise, this poor dog was somehow still alive!
How this dog ended up in the garbage is not known. But thanks to his registered chip, his previous owner was able to be located. This person allowed Patrick, who was given the name after his rescue, to go hungry for so long, and just watched as the dog slowly wasted away.
The poor dog was immediately taken to a special animal hospital because his life was hanging on by a thread. Emaciated animals like Patrick have to be reintroduced to food very slowly because their stomachs have gone without it for so long.
People who are cruel to animals do not deserve to be near them, let alone own them. As it turns out, Patrick’s previous owner had been arrested for other offences. Luckily, everyone involved in Patrick's recovery believed in him, and never gave up. This sweet dog is now so full of love, and he has learned to give his trust to those who have earned it.