Amazing Recovery Of Patrick The Pit Bull After He Was Dumped In A Trash Chute
An emaciated Pit Bull discovered at the bottom of a trash chute in Newark 3 years ago, moments before the trash compactor would have killed him, has made a miraculous recovery and now weighs a healthy 50lbs.
Rescued the day before St Patrick’s Day in 2011, Patrick as he was quickly named, weighed a shocking 19lbs and was on death’s doorstep when volunteers from the Associated Humane Societies took him to the emergency room at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Source
While the trauma of being tied to a railing for seven days and then dumped in a bin has inevitably left emotional and physical scarring, those who know Patrick talk only of how loving and trusting he is.
Though understandably Patrick remains nervous around strangers.
Hospital staffers have chronicled his progress on their website and a Facebook page has garnered fans from around the world.
He’s received hundreds of emails, donations, gifts and letters from those inspired by his tale of survival.
His ribcage protruded, he weighed about 20 pounds – roughly 30 pounds less than average – and was covered in sores with parts of skin hanging off him, according to Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, Dr Scavelli’s wife and the administrator of the hospital.
‘Everyone thought that, you bring in an animal like that, that looks like it’s really just a corpse, you put it to sleep,’ Mrs Smillie-Scavelli said.
‘But of course, he looked up at you with those eyes, and you say: How can you give up on this dog? How can you, when he’s not giving up on life? So, we gave him that second chance, and he has just run with it, and thrived.’
After weeks of emergency measures that included a transfusion of three pints of dog blood, a special diet, medicine and physical therapy, Patrick began to gain weight and eat solid food.
Wow! It really is amazing!