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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Judy Gilbert

omg what an asshole (sorry) had to say it. I adore and worship my dog, cats, birds, etc. please keep us informed about his recovery.


Poor baby. People are so cruel. I hate the person that did this , I only wish that I could throw him or her out the window going 100 miles an hour. God has a plan I just know it.

Rebecca king

This will continue until this country starts to prosecute these animal cruelty cases with stronger penalties and jail time. Everytime something like this happens these people literally get away with it. Put these rejects in jail and don't let them get out until years from now.
Justice for Joey !!! We love you Joey!!!!!


Let's rally to find the SOB responsible for this cruelty! No animal deserves this type of mistreatment.. like others said this breaks my heart to think anyone is capable of such stupidity negligence.


Is this puppy going up for adoption?!


Stories like these break my heart!! I can't imagine what goes through the minds of people who would do something so awful. I hope justice gets served for this little guy.

Michelle Pelow

I am proud to be part of an organization that takes such fierce action against the weak-minded, self-centered individuals who victimize defenseless animals. Though the trauma will remain with Joey, hopefully he the remainder of his life will be filled with nothing but love and admiration.


It is awful to see and hear of people hurting defenseless animals but what about wildlife. I heard a young man boasting about deliberately running over a baby fox crouching in the road from fear and he road over it. he was actually bragging about it in Monson Maine. Does anybody care?


After hearing about this incident all I can say is,
God please protect Joey and make people kinder to all.


I saw a posting the other day that seems suitable for this story...'there is a special place in Hell for people who abuse animals and children.'