Assembly Advances Burzichelli, Spencer & Fuentes Bill Known as “Patrick’s Law” to Prevent Animal Abuse & Neglect
Legislation Inspired by Newark Pitbull Who Was Nearly Starved to Death and Thrown Down a Garbage Shute
(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Monday approved bipartisan legislation sponsored on the Democratic side by Assembly members John Burzichelli, L. Grace Spencer and Angel Fuentes to crack down on animal abuse and neglect.
The bill (A-798) was inspired by the treatment of Patrick, a pit bull in Newark who was starved to an extremely emaciated condition, placed in a garbage bag, and dropped down a garbage chute in an apartment complex in the city. The dog is now recuperating and being cared for after a maintenance person in the building collecting garbage noticed movement in one of the garbage bags and found the dog still alive inside.
“Patrick’s case gripped our state because of the utterly inhumane treatment this innocent animal received,” said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). “No living creature should ever have to be subjected to that. Hopefully this law will make anyone think twice before treating an animal in such a way.”