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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Todd Clark

Whoever did this to this animal take him out in back a box truck with nothing but shorts on then when the truck hits about 45 toss his ass out of the back so he can experience the same pain that dog did!!! That is what I think this piece of trash that did this deserves.

Andre Ribera

I love you Joey.

Nanine Pascual

Individuals who commit these acts of cruelty to animals can also do this to humans. They are psychologically of depraved mind and most likely continue to do this. Its sad that the victims cannot speak, but we are their voices and we should continue to rally in front of them, behind them and every where we can advocate for them.

Vincent Wong

When I saw the title, I wanted to cry. Who would do that? A monster? Some monsters are actually kind. Then what word so we have for such filth?


God knows exactly who abused Joey and even if we don't catch him, the abuser has already been sentenced to hell by our Almighty God. Jesus please ease Joey's pain and heal him quickly. Please send him God loving parents.

Antoinette Lentine

God Bless Joey - and God Bless the wonderful people that are caring for him and nursing him back to health. Love and well wishes are being sent your way. xoxox

Tammy Schoenbachler

Things like this just break my heart. What is wrong with people? These people will have to answer to Jesus one day and wonder what they will tell him when he asks "Why?" God be with that poor pup


Bless his heart I hope Joey continues on a good path now to recovery and that he finds a very loving furever home as he certainly deserves one.


It's nice of everyone to express 'get well' sentiments here for Joey, but it would be more helpful if everyone would send comments to their Congress persons and to the Suffolk County Police, demanding serious prison time for animal abusers. Too many are just given a slap and a fine.

Elena Paperny

God almighty! What monsters do this to a darling animal - or to children or the elderly?! What do we have walking among us? I'm looking at that sweet little face and crying now. Anyone who does this deserves a fate even worse, and I would do the deed gladly. Prayers go out to darling Joey, and I hope he recovers and finds a home and hearts to love him.