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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Joey my heart and prayers go out to you. People need to be accountable for their actions this act of cruelty should not be tolerated, animals have feelings like we do and look for us for companiionship. Just when someone hurts a child and goes to jail that person who hurts gods little creatures especially a puppie should get the full extent of the law. My prayers are with you Joey

Rochell Bellon

My heart goes out to you. Hang in there little buddy. You're in good hands now.


This breaks my heart!!! Shame on the person or persons that did this. They need to be put in jail for this. My thoughts and prayers go out to this little guy, that he heals well mentally and physically.


I hope that person, and anyone else who does similar things to animals, suffers the most painful death imaginable. Sadly, there are too many of them. Everytime I read of someone abusing animals, even Ringling and SeaWorld, I want to go like Superman and rescue those poor innocent creatures from the cruelest species on earth - MAN!!! I am sure glad Joey was found and saved and hope he finds a loving family who showers him with unbelievable kindness and affection.


I just don't understand how people can be so cruel to innocent animals. It breaks my heart every time I hear of such abuse These people who commit these horrible acts should be punished to the max, not like the six months they usually get with community service and a fine. Throw them in jail for a couple of years, make them felons. People are just evil who do things like this.


I hope they find this person. They need to place him/her in a plastic bag and throw him/her from a speeding vehicle.

Teresa Haller

The disgusting PUNK that did this to this beautiful puppy deserves what he puts out at the very least. Gob Bless those who have a heart and will be showing LOVE and caring towards Joey & seeing that he will have a better life from now on. Prayers are pouring out for little Joey and all other animals that suffer at the hands of some subhuman creatures.


Hang in there Brave Joey! God will send you a good home...but when they find who did it .... put those "freaks of nature" (as they are neither human nor animal) in a plastic bag and toss them from a moving about that?


I called the Nassau County SPCA to report two small dogs locked in a car on Wednesday> The woman who answered the phone offered NO help> She said she would file a report. When I asked her whether she would send help, she said irritably that she would file a report. When I asked whether she would contact anyone who could do something she said with increasing irritation that she would file a report. I asked her what that would do for the dogs whose tongues were hanging out she said that she would file a report. I was horrified by her complete lack of interest. I support the ASPCA and am thinking that perhaps they are not as good as their publicity would have one beleive!!! Please respond


Thank goodness Joey was found in time. Hopefully he will make a full recovery and be adopted by someone who will love and cherish him. The person/people who abused him should be punished severely. There is no excuse for abusing an animal in any form whatsoever. They are obviously mentally ill or very very emotionally disturbed.