ASPCA Offers $15,000 Reward in Puppy Cruelty Case

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 1:15pm
the rescued dog

Photo credit: Heather Walsh

We are devastated to report that a three-month-old Pit Bull puppy named Joey was thrown from a car in Brentwood, Long Island, on Saturday. A witness found the tiny 10-pound pup in a plastic bag near the Sagtikos State Parkway, covered in fleas and crying out for help. Joey suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck and is recovering at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island.

The ASPCA is offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. This reward is in addition to a $5,000 reward offered by the Suffolk County SPCA. We are also providing a $10,000 grant to the Veterinary Medical Center to offset some of the costs of treating and caring for Joey.

“We were both outraged and saddened to hear about this disturbing case of violent abuse, and the callousness that was demonstrated by those responsible,” says Matt Bershadker, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group. “While our ultimate hope is that these types of heinous acts never occur, this is a message that cruelty toward animals will not be tolerated. We are pleased to be in a position to help those who are helping Joey.”

If you have information related to Joey’s case, please contact the Suffolk County SPCA by calling (631) 382-7722.

Animal cruelty is a crime in every state—if you see something, call 911. Please join our battle against animal cruelty today!

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Barbara Mayes

Animal abuse should be a felony charge! I hope you catch the person responsible for this horrible crime. Prayers for the pup!

Debbie Mittleman

Find the culprit. Give me 15 minutes alone. Time enough for me to escort the suspect to my car, find the nearest expressway, and then kick them out the passenger door at 65 mph. Sometimes one must learn empathy through personal experience.


Gente estúpida malditos desgraciados esa gente que le hace eso a un animalitos debería morir

Adrian Paul

I hope eventually there is an animal protection task force that is able to respond and (with extreme prejudice) execute the same mercy on the guilty as that given to the animal victims. Eye for an eye or arm/leg for a paw! Reaffirms my belief in capital punishment.


Rest little guy for your new life will soon begin the life you deserve the life that was meant for you- my heart cries for your pain but it will be a short journey. Life will meet you with a new life new family and the ultimate in LOVE. You deserve a warm bed a full belly and peeps to love you. All my love and luck to you Joey- God will be watching over you- I wish I could hug you you sweet little boy you are prcious


I am so greatful to the kind people in this world that are actually able to
Help baby Joey! And sadden by the disturb disfunctional POS people
Who would harm a baby of any species. Thank you ASPCA! This is why
I'm proud to be apart of your foundation

Karen J

Only a sick coward could do such a thing. I hope you rot in hell and that you endure a million times more suffering every day of your life, than you caused this poor sweet creature of God.


My prayers are with you Joey and also all your caregivers. I don't understand what kind of human being could do this to an innocent puppy or any other helpless being, true COWARD!! I sure hope someone saw this occur so the person responsible is made to answer and even if not GOD saw and they'll be answering sooner or later.


I hope they catch the bastard and put him away for a very long time. Get well Joey.

Pamela J Hoskinson

Whoever Did This Should Be Thrown From A Moving Vehicle. I Hope Joey Heals Quickly And Finds A Loving Home And Pray They Find & Prosecute Whoever Did This To The Max. God Bless You Joey