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Patrick’s Law is Now Law in New Jersey

A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.

Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “This long awaited law is a great victory for New Jersey’s animals. It will help deter the horrific pain and suffering that Patrick endured after being starved and then left for dead in a garbage chute. Perpetrators who commit these cruel acts will now face strong penalties.”

Patrick’s Law was sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean Jr., R-District 21, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, R-District 21. It passed both the Senate and the House unanimously. It became law on Wednesday.