Patrick the Miracle Dog's Abuser Pleads Guilty, 2 Years After Arrest

Patrick was found, near death, after his owner tossed him down a garbage chute

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    Patrick the Miracle Dog's dramatic transformation

    More than two years after a pit bull was starved, stuffed into a trash bag and tossed down a garbage chute in a Newark, N.J. apartment building, his abuser has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

    Kisha Curtis, 29, was set to go on trial Wednesday. She was charged with animal cruelty in March 2011 after the dog was found near death. 

    The pup was nicknamed Patrick because he was rescued just before St. Patrick's Day, and he has since thrived in recovery, where his story gained nationwide attention.

    He has been living with a foster family, who told NBC 4 New York last year that he was "doing wonderful."

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    Patrick captured headlines across the country when he was found abused, malnourished and near death. Today, he's happy and healthy under the supervision of a loving caretaker -- but his story is far from over. Tom Llamas reports.

    "He's just a normal dog," said Patricia Smillie-Scavelli.

    When Curtis is sentenced Aug. 29, a judge will determine Patrick's custody.

    The Essex County prosecutor's office says Curtis faces up to 18 months in prison, but a first-time offender is not likely to get jail time.