The Dog with the Biggest Fighting Spirit

The dog was found wrapped in a plastic bag in a garbage chute just seconds before he would have been consumed by a trash compactor.

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No one really knows how he got into the chute, but we do know that the dog’s owner had tied him to a railing and left him there for a week.

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No one at Garden State Veterinary Services thought that he’d make it through the night, but somehow, he did.

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They named him Patrick since he was discovered the day before St. Patrick’s Day… but this little dog wasn’t out of the woods yet.

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At just 19 pounds and with a body temperature so low that it didn’t register on the thermometer, his chances for survival were slim.

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He needed to have a massive hairball removed from his stomach before he could even eat again.

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Everyone was rooting for the skinny puppy, and Patrick was trying his hardest to stay alive.

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Every day that he survived was a victory.

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As his story spread, Patrick began to gain a following of admirers.

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Slowly, his face began to show signs of life.

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Although still very thin, he was beginning to resemble a dog instead of a skeleton.

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He gradually began to trust the people who had been taking care of him.

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… Even if he didn’t always understand what they were doing to him.

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As his health improved, everyone at the veterinary hospital became more optimistic

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Patrick had begun to steadily put on weight… and develop a twinkle in his eye.

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He even got a little festive!

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Now that they knew he was going to survive, the staff’s next challenge was teaching Patrick to live like a dog again.

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As it turned out, he was pretty playful!

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Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, the hospital’s administrator, took Patrick into her own home… and it’s safe to say he adjusted fairly quickly.

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She says that he’s a bundle of love, sleeping on the bed every night right along with the cat.

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While he’s still timid around strangers, a dog biscuit is usually the perfect way to get him to warm up to you.

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A year after he was discovered mere inches from death, the fifty-pound Patrick looks nothing like the puppy that was found in the garbage chute.

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His former owner is being charged with neglect and abandonment, but regardless of what happens to her, Patrick has emerged victorious.

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His story has been used to advocate for stricter animal abuse laws, which are desperately needed across the country.

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Patrick’s incredible recovery might only make a small dent in the lives of abused and neglected animals around the world…

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…But thanks to the kindness and dedication of some amazing people, his life has changed forever.

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