Demand New Jersey Tighten Sentences for Animal Cruelty

Target: Governor Chris Christie

Goal: Demand harsher sentences for perpetrators of animal cruelty

Recently, a woman from New Jersey named Kisha Curtis left her pit bull Patrick, a name given him by rescue workers, to starve nearly to death in an apartment complex. Patrick was found at the bottom of a trash chute in the twenty-two-story apartment complex.

Curtis pled guilty to a fourth-degree animal cruelty charge. She was ordered to pay a two-thousand-dollar restitution to the New Jersey ASPCA that provided emergency care to Patrick and brought him back from the brink of death. She will also serve an eighteen-month probation, but absolutely no jail time. Her sentence is so lax partly because she was a first time offender, and partly because New Jersey’s animal cruelty laws are sadly remiss when it comes to punishing perpetrators.

This woman tortured an animal over an extended period of time. She had frequent opportunities to care for and feed Patrick during the duration of his abuse. This is not a case of a “first-time offense”, but a case of extensive, enduring cruelty. We cannot allow people capable of this kind of cruelty to walk so easily: without any jail time, simply paying the financial debts for the abuse that they caused in the first place.

Please sign this petition to demand that Governor Chris Christie strengthen sentences and create harsher punishments for perpetrators of animal abuse and cruelty in New Jersey.


Dear Governor Chris Christie,

Recently, Kisha Curtis left her pit bull to starve in her apartment complex, and received a $2,000 fine to pay for his emergency care expenses and an abysmal 18-month probation.

The punishments for animal cruelty in New Jersey are entirely too lax. People who torture animals in your state can receive maximum $1,000 fines and rarely ever serve jail time. You must do more for the innocent creatures in your state that rely on human kindness.

Please strengthen punishments for animal cruelty in New Jersey to deter more horrible incidents like these from ever occurring.


[Your Name Here]

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