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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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Kel Bliss

My prayers are with little Joey. May God bless him and provide a loving home for him. I pray that the poor excuse for a human being is caught and punished to the full extent of the law and then some. We as a society should never tolerate this type of behavior.

Bethany

It's hearing stories such as this that causes me to question my faith in the human race. It saddens me to know that such evil exists in this world. But at the same time my faith is restored knowing that there are still such wonderful people and organizations that are willing to step in and do what's right. My hope is that someday all the evil will vanish and every single animal gets a forever home where they are loved, cared for, and never experience the physical and emotional pain that so many poor innocent animals like Joey, have to endure every day for no reason at all. Thank you ASPCA, for showing Joey that there is still good in this world and that he does deserve a chance at a long happy life. And thank you for renewing my faith in mankind. I hope you find whoever did this and I hope the judge throws the book at them with FULL force. Please continue to post updates about Joey and about tracking down the evil that did this. Thank you for all that you do!

BRENDA LINS

God bless this poor innocent baby, I would love give him a safe loving home and adopt him. Please contact me if that is possible! Thank you for taking care of him and I hope that they prosecute to the fullest extent of the law for what was done to him.

Dee Berkery

Joey, you are a special gift from God and you will be rescued again by a loving family. All the pain and fear will disappear.
We have a pit bull rescue, the sweetest gal in the world. She is living the life she deserves and never stops smiling. Joey, one day you will be smiling again, sweetheart. I so wish I could take your pain away. The idiot who did this to you deserves the same done to him. Put him in a bag, and throw him onto the road.

Dee Berkery

Joey, you are a special gift from God and you will be rescued again by a loving family. All the pain and fear will disappear.
We have a pit bull rescue, the sweetest gal in the world. She is living the life she deserves and never stops smiling. Joey, one day you will be smiling again, sweetheart. I so wish I could take your pain away. The idiot who did this to you deserves the same done to him. Put him in a bag, and throw him onto the road.

Jenna Krabacher

What a horribly and horrifying thing to happen to a tiny puppy and may God have no sympathy on that person.
But may God shower graces and blessings to the person who found Joey and took the time to stop and help him, the ASPCA and the Suffolk County SPCA.
This horrible situation may have been an absolute blessing for Joey. If he was living with someone willing to throw him from a car in a plastic bag what kind of life would he have had?
Now he is in loving, caring hands and will be showered with love and affection the rest of his life.
I pray for the identification and prosecution of ther dispicable person who did this to Joey, but thank God for the wonderful people working so hard to make it right and help him.

God bless you.

Ed

Joey please get well sweet dog. Who on earth is so cruel to treat a helpless animal this way. I hope they are caught, put in jail and the key thrown away.

Susan M. Granfield

This is what it has come to in our world. Everything gets thrown into a plastic bag and thrown away like trash; animals people.. what a sick society. I know there is good being done and that is the only thing that gives us hope. People like ASPCA. I only wish more could be done to legally punish the person who did this.

Diane Moore

This case moves me to tears every time I think of what happened to that dear little soul - having owned 2 pitt bull dogs over the years you come to know the true gentle nature of these animals - forget a jail sentence for the abusers - they deserve hell on earth - maybe being thrown from a moving truck would also be appropriate.

christine

May god bless you Joey. My rescued girl was last locked in a closet with wire around her muzzle for five day and found barely alive. Through the love and care of others she has made it and you will to. I am loud that my donations will help you. Peace love and long life Joey!

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