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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I really don't understand why anyone would want to do this or why there isn't severe punishment for it.


OMG...I know it's out there but every time I hear something like this I'm sick to my stomach and a whole bunch angry words come out of my mouth. Sending puppy prayers to you sweet boy and hope for a speed recovery. Even more important than that, I pray you find the loving and caring home that you so deserve. Remember there are no bad animals...just bad people - unfortunately. I hope they find this bastard and show him what's it like to be thrown out of a window of a moving car in a plastic bag covered in fleas.

Kim Takvorian

My God send his angels to watch over you and restore you to health and may you be adopted by the kindest family ever. May the monster who did this be found and be prosecuted to the fullest. God Bless Joey and your wonderful caretakers. God Bless the man who found you and helped you.


My prayers are with you your a strong boy and you have the best help.
May we catch your abuser and give them a taste of there own cruelty.
Be strong little man and may you have a long spoiled happy life.


so glad you found him and just hope one day all the vile cases of animal cruelty coem to an end. Big hugs to Joey xxx


My heart goes out to this little, he has the sweetest face. I hope and pray that all goes well and he finds a forever home.

Joyce Dillon

My prayers are with Joey for his full recovery. This incident makes me sick to my stomach and I hope God will watch over him.


makes me sick that there are humans capable of this cruelty, Joey get well soon little guy.


Thank goodness for the person who found this puppy and was not as heartless or gutless as the person who threw Joey out of a car window! You deserve a medal for saving him. Thanks to the organizations and vets also helping him. Hang in there little boy, there are a lot of people praying for you!


makes you want to beat the you know what out of some people! Lord help me if I ever witnessed something like that. I would be in jail for attempted whoop a$$!!!!!