Miracle of Patrick


An emaciated Pit bull-mix is discovered in a garbage bag by maintenance workers at the bottom of a 19-story tall garbage chute. The dog is immobile, but ALIVE. This is how he looked on arrival that Newark’s animal shelter that night.

The 22 story apartment building is equipped with garbage chutes on each floor for tenants. Someone had … no more use for this dog. They had starved it to near death, put it in a garbage bag and threw it down the garbage chute. A maintenance worker cleans out the bin every few days and on Wednesday, March 16th, they were cleaning out the contents of the container to go directly into a trash compacter. The bag moved a little and the worker opened it to find a moribund dog inside — pathetically thin, cold and near death.

The City of Newark Animal Control was contacted and ACO Arthur…

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5 thoughts on “Miracle of Patrick

  1. ag says:

    Always good to be reminded of both the heartlessness of people and their magnificence.

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing this story!

  3. It is a great story of what we as humans are capable of through kindness when faced with the reality of human cruelty. The whole story is important in that sense.

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