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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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Wendy

OMG this makes me sick! How could someone do that? Is Joey OK?

Carol Montemarano

What happened to little Joey is unspeakable..when I saw it on the news yesterday, I couldn't sleep. Stories like this make me ill. There was another story about that poor dog that was left in the mountains to die by his OWNER ?!?! Who by the way wants him back now?? Unbelievable!! The laws and punishment do not fit crime. When they find these people who committed these acts, they should be do to them what they did...one should be thrown from a speeding car on a highway and the other one left in the mountains, hurt with no food or water for 8 days .....maybe people will take these unspeakable crimes seriously .

Carol Montemarano

What happened to little Joey is unspeakable..when I saw it on the news yesterday, I couldn't sleep. Stories like this make me ill. There was another story about that poor dog that was left in the mountains to die by his OWNER ?!?! Who by the way wants him back now?? Unbelievable!! The laws and punishment do not fit crime. When they find these people who committed these acts, they should be do to them what they did...one should be thrown from a speeding car on a highway and the other one left in the mountains, hurt with no food or water for 8 days .....maybe people will take these unspeakable crimes seriously .

Lisa

I am very sad to hear this. hope that they will find who did this and bring them to justice.Wishing Joey a speedy ,full recovery and a much better home.

VIRGINIA PEIFFER

ITS TIME FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP...AFTER READING I WAS MAD..MAD AS H--L...I JUST READ THE STORY ABOUT THE DOG IN"DENVER,COLORADO LEFTON THETOP OF A MOUNTAIN BY ITS OWNER..THEN A COUPLE FOUND THE DOG TOOK CARE TO BE ABLE TO FIND IT,WENT DOWN THE MOUNTAIN FOUND SOME EXTRA HELP TO RETURN TO SAVE THE DOG AND RETURN IT TO THE BOTTOM AND TAKE TO A VET...NOW,NOW THE F-----G OWNER WANTS IT BACK S---W YOU F----R YOU DONT DESERVE THE DOG AT ALL THE GROUP WHO REALLY SAVED THIS DOG..HOW CAN THE ANIMAL CONTROL WILL TAKE CONTROL OF THE DOG AND GIVES THE DOG HIS LIFE EITHER BACK TO REAL OWNER OR THE GROUP THAT TOOK THEIR TIME AND CONCERN TO SAVE "MISSY" FROM DEATH.
WE NEED EVERYONE TO STEP UP AND HELP SAVE AND PROTECT "MISSY" NOW NOT TOMORROW NOT NEXT WEEK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JOEY SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM THE ANIMALS THESE ANIMALS CALL OWNERS..DONT YOU THINK?
I DO GOD SHOULD DECIDE ANIMALS FATE NOT THE ANIMAL HUMANS THEY CALL OWNERS......

Danielle

When I heard about poor Joey I couldn't help but cry. This poor little guy. My 16 year old JRT Joey died a few months ago and it broke my heart to watch him die. All I hoped was that my Joey wasn't in pain. So I just dont understand why people feel it is ok to physically harm people or animals. I hope Joey recovers and is able to live the rest of his life loved, spoiled and healthy.

Lin

Since it was a pitbull and a clearly evil person, I would assume it was someone involved in dog fighting. Hey, loser, here's a thought, how about get a real job!!!!! Thank God for the ASPCA!!! Praying for this puppy and all animals at the hands of evil.

Jenn

This story is heartbreaking, I was at the VMCLI on saturday evening with my boston terrier they are GREAT there and Joey is now getting the proper care he deserves, I hope they find who ever did this to that poor little pup no dog deserves to be treated in such a cruel manner.

Katy

Please, ASPCA, keep us updated on how Joey is doing. May God give his doctors all the powers necessary to get him better. May God find him a loving home where he will never have to experience any kind of pain again.

dianna

Thank you to the people taking great care of Joey!!! He is gorgeous!!!

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