A law named for Patrick the pit bull—who weighed just 19 pounds when he was found at the bottom of a trash chute in March 2011—was signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. It increases first-time animal abuse fines from $1,000 to $3,000, and second offenses could jump to $5,000. Penalties can also include up to 18 months in jail.
This is a huge victory in the battle against animal abuse and should save the lives of many dogs. As you can see from the video above, Patrick made a miraculous recovery and is now a playful, happy boy.