'Patrick the Dog' bill signed into law

Patrick the Dog

Patrick the Dog (8/7/13)

TRENTON - A bill designed to crack down on animal abuse and neglect has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

The legislation was inspired by the treatment of Patrick the pit bull.

Patrick bounced back after he was starved, abandoned and found at the bottom of a Newark apartment garbage chute.

The new law makes needlessly killing an animal or creature by depriving them of "necessary care" a crime of the fourth degree.

Violators can face a fine ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, 18 months in prison or both.


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