Demand New Jersey Tighten Sentences for Animal Cruelty

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Target: Governor Chris Christie

Goal: Demand harsher sentences for perpetrators of animal cruelty

Recently, a woman from New Jersey named Kisha Curtis left her pit bull Patrick, a name given him by rescue workers, to starve nearly to death in an apartment complex. Patrick was found at the bottom of a trash chute in the twenty-two-story apartment complex.

Curtis pled guilty to a fourth-degree animal cruelty charge. She was ordered to pay a two-thousand-dollar restitution to the New Jersey ASPCA that provided emergency care to Patrick and brought him back from the brink of death. She will also serve an eighteen-month probation, but absolutely no jail time. Her sentence is so lax partly because she was a first time offender, and partly because New Jersey’s animal cruelty laws are sadly remiss when it comes to punishing perpetrators.

This woman tortured an animal over an extended period of time. She had frequent opportunities to care for and feed Patrick during the duration of his abuse. This is not a case of a “first-time offense”, but a case of extensive, enduring cruelty. We cannot allow people capable of this kind of cruelty to walk so easily: without any jail time, simply paying the financial debts for the abuse that they caused in the first place.

Please sign this petition to demand that Governor Chris Christie strengthen sentences and create harsher punishments for perpetrators of animal abuse and cruelty in New Jersey.


Dear Governor Chris Christie,

Recently, Kisha Curtis left her pit bull to starve in her apartment complex, and received a $2,000 fine to pay for his emergency care expenses and an abysmal 18-month probation.

The punishments for animal cruelty in New Jersey are entirely too lax. People who torture animals in your state can receive maximum $1,000 fines and rarely ever serve jail time. You must do more for the innocent creatures in your state that rely on human kindness.

Please strengthen punishments for animal cruelty in New Jersey to deter more horrible incidents like these from ever occurring.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. I am really angry at the light sentence that Ms. Curtis received for her abuse of Patrick. By allowing him to starve over an extended period of time she clearly showed that she knew what she was doing. This is clearly not a 1st time offense as this abuse was repeated over and over! As a dog owner myself, in fact two, I know that they need to be fed & watered daily in order to maintain their health. I hope that Ms. Curtis never owns another dog, let alone any living being as she clearly has shown she doesn’t know how to care for one or doesn’t give a damn about it’s life!

  2. Susan Pateracki says:

    Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. There is something so very dreadful in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.

    It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done. The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world’s history.

    The loss of morals are also putting children in danger. Child abuse, torture, and murder is higher than ever. The two most Vulnerable Victims are children and animals.

    All animal abuse and torture must stop now. Pet are abused, tortured, and killed. Children are abused, tortured, and murdered. Never before in history has it been so bad.

    Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet.

    By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other. As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, and no harmony between people. Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

    True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on animals. It is our duty as Humans to extend our circle of compassion to all animals as well. Today’s moral breakdown is unbearably evil.

    Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.

    Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. When people have no compassion for others, God has no compassion for them.

    Animals cannot speak, but they can suffer, and their Creator, God, knows their sufferings, and will hold those who cause them to suffer unnecessarily

    responsible. It is a sin against their Creator, God. , Jesus said I say unto you, they who partake of benefits which are gotten by wronging one of God’s creatures, cannot be righteous.;

  3. Natasha Gresse says:

    Hi, we are having the same problem in South Africa but the South African NSPCA is really struggling, is there anyone able to get in contact with them to get the story and create a petition. I would really appreciate it. I’m not so much of a writer.

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