Battle Over Starved Pit Bull Found in Trash Heads to Court | NBC New York

Battle Over Starved Pit Bull Found in Trash Heads to Court

Patrick's plight has received worldwide attention.

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    A New Jersey judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a custody battle over a 1-year-old pit bull found starving in a Newark trash chute.

    The dog, named Patrick because he was found the day before St. Patrick's Day, has been recuperating at an animal hospital in Tinton Falls.     

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    Patrick's plight has received worldwide attention. He is now at the center of a dispute between the animal hospital and Associated Humane Societies, the organization that initially discovered him.     

    The humane society wants to take Patrick to a zoo where it houses other neglected and abused animals. The hospital wants to keep him until he's ready for adoption, which officials have said could happen as soon as July.     

    A Newark woman has been charged with abandoning the dog.     

    The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.