An emaciated Pit Bull discovered at the bottom of a trash chute in Newark last year moments before the trash compactor would have killed him, has made a miraculous recovery and now weighs a healthy 50lbs.
Rescued the day before St Patrick's Day in 2011, Patrick as he was quickly named, weighed a shocking 19lbs and was on death's doorstep when volunteers from the Associated Humane Societies took him to the emergency room at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.
Now after a year of round-the -lock care, volunteers and doctors are all vying to remain a part of his life as they begin to look for a home for the brave pooch.
While the trauma of being tied to a railing for seven days and then dumped in a bin has inevitably left emotional and physical scarring, those who know Patrick talk only of how loving and trusting he is.
'He is a tremendous fighter,' said Dr Thomas Scavelli, the director and founder of the Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the pet hospital in Tinton Falls where Patrick has been treated.
Wife, Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, who is also the hospital administrator, told Irish Central: 'He really gives love. He climbs into your lap, he would prefer to sit in your lap than lay on the floor. He also sleeps in our bed at night, along with the cat.'
Though understandably Patrick remains nervous around strangers, reported NBC, a treat or two quickly remedies his fear.