These things should not happen... Fortunately, sometimes compassion takes hold.... And helps redeem some of the worst of human capability.... This story has a happy ending, unlike some... I wish stories like this didn't need to be told, but they do, to remind us that in the face of sad, sad inhumanity there is goodness.
Patrick is making a good recovery, and is eating well, taking walks outside. He enjoys the warmth of his sweaters, and rests among the company of his stuffed toys and the staff of the shelter. He demonstrates his appreciation and love, and like most dogs, has forgiven humans in general for the mistreatment he had received. He loves to be touched and petted.
I will not provide publicity here for the person responsible for this mistreatment. The 28-year old woman has been charged with two criminal counts of abandonment and two civil counts of failure to provide sustenance to an animal.
Sadly, scammers pretending to be concerned organizations are collecting donations for Patrick's care, and pocketing the money. Donations can be made to the AHS, or Associated Humane Societies, which is the legitimate organization responsible for Patrick's care. (And there are updates and always new pictures.)
Or, if you are so moved, make a small donation to your local animal shelter. Even a gift of some old towels, laundry and cleaning supplies, or a blanket, are most welcome.
Patrick is improving, but there are hundreds...thousands... of other dogs and cats still less fortunate. You can help save their lives.
The following amateur video I found while learning about this story was made with obvious love and concern for Patrick. It's a nice little video, scored to an upbeat and hopeful Annie Lennox tune. Yeah...I cried.