Above: Patrick in AHS Medical Dept. taken immediately upon arrival. He was there the entire day to stabilize him and save his life.
There are rumors that the court hearing concerning Patrick will be heard in the not-too-distant future. The timing of the latest installment in the saga of Patrick who was rescued by the Associated Humane Societies, (AHS), on March 17, 2011 is a date set to further exploit Patrick for headlines.
It was AHS that took herculean steps for many hours to stabilize Patrick before sending him to a critical care facility. If it were not for AHS's vet stabilizing the moribund dog, he surely would have died. Once Patrick was able to be transported, we then sent him for further intensive care and committed to the responsibility of all his veterinary expenses. We did not realize at the time that Patrick would be heavily publicized by others nor had we considered his money earning powers. We simply wanted to save his life. But he soon became a pawn at the center of a firestorm over the exploitation of animal cruelty for monetary, political or personal gain.
When AHS attempted to take return of our dog from the veterinary group, we were denied, and there followed a four pronged attack against the AHS's reputation. When the public sentiment had been turned against us, there were other groups and profit-making companies who reaped additional "friends", donations and benefits. However, AHS continued, as it has in the past, to save and heal the sick, the injured, and the abused as can be attested to on our website: ahscares.org
Through it all, those involved in the four-pronged attack lost sight of what this dog meant to AHS when staffers visited him once or twice a day, rejoicing in his progress. We looked forward to placing Patrick where he would become a family pet, but just as importantly, he was to be a trained and certified therapy dog who would educate about animal abuse. He would be the impetus for stronger legislation - a good will ambassador for his breed - and he would visit youngsters in hospitals who would understand and accept that sometimes there is a long, difficult road to recovery.
Patrick pulled the world together in a movement that went far beyond anything we had experienced or could have ever imagined. He became a messenger. He became an icon representing a stand against animal cruelty as well as a beacon of hope for those who face a long recovery.
Above: One of the last photos AHS took of Patrick before we were banned from any contact with the dog we rescued and brought to this specialized vet facility
Patrick truly opened the eyes and hearts of the world followed by an outpouring of support for so many abused animals that came after him.
Whatever the outcome of the impending court hearing, the Society's mission will continue as it has for the last century -- to rescue as many animals in need as possible and make a difference in their lives. We saw the rescue of Patrick as a positive move. We took the necessary steps to save Patrick against overwhelming odds. We chose to save a scared, abused dog and to provide a better life for him.
AHS' mission is now, and will always be, to continue to rescue the forgotten Patrick's each and every day. That is our legacy. And for this rescue, it is a closed chapter in our book.
For a more in-depth story, see Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied.