NEWARK - (AP) - The feel-good story of a starving pit bullrescued from a trash chute has turned into a nasty custody battlethat's headed to court.

The dog nicknamed Patrick because he was found on the day beforeSt. Patrick's Day is now at the center of a dispute between theAssociated Humane Societies and the hospital where he is beingtreated.

In a 40-page motion filed Wednesday, the humane society says itwants to move Patrick to Popcorn Park Zoo, which houses abused andneglected animals.

It wants to vacate a court order that allowed the dog to stay ata pet hospital while the criminal case against a Newark womancharged with abusing him proceeds.

Patrick has received thousands of letters of support from aroundthe world and had his own Facebook page.

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