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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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Cathy L

People who do these heinous things are devoid of any feelings or thought whatsoever, the person that they hate more are...themselves. I will pray for them.

Butch

I'd like to personally offer my "rehabilative" services to the scumbags responsible for this - I've got plenty of power tools ready to help improve their attitudes!!!

Charles Mueller

My God, I cannot believe the inhumanity of people! How could anyone be so cruel and heartless? It's no wonder that the Bible speaks of these, the last days, that "the love of many will turn cold". I feel more compassion for our four-legged friends than for people, as the latter constantly demonstrate the lack of love and compassion. My prayers are with this poor puppy, for his healing, and for the apprehension and imprisonment of the perpetrators of this cruel act.

Hillary Jollimore

One of the first steps on the road to sociopathy is cruelty to animals. It may start with torturning creatures as small as bugs and then slowly or quickly move to rodents, small mammels and at some point and generally people. Statistics on serial killers show that this behavioral pattern is well documented. This "person" is not only a disgusting and cruel being, he/she is also an imminent danger to the society of all living things. I hope he is found soon and would suggest tossing him in the general population of the prison and telling a couple of the inmates that he not only tortures dogs, but is a child molestor. Even if that last part isn't true, it'll get him off our tax dole much sooner.

Fran Barnish

God bless this baby and I will pray so hard for him. God will punish the person who did this act. My heart hurts for Joey.

Christine

Absolutely disgusting. No animal deserves to be treated like this. It makes me sick to my stomach when I think of how tiny and helpless our dog was when we got her at the same age, 3 months. I hope he finds new loving owners that will pamper him!!!!

jan bandura

I CAN'T STAND THIS!!!!!! THIS KIND OF CRUELTY IS HAPPENING TOO OFTEN. THE PERPETRATORS MUST BE FOUND AND SUBJECTED TO THE SAME KIND OF CRUELTY HE/SHE INFLICTED ON THESE BEAUTIFUL, LOVING AND FORGIVING ANIMALS. OUR NATION IS BECOMING TOO COMPLACENT WITH THIS KIND OF CRUELTY, WHICH THEN EXTENDS TO CHILDREN! WHEN ARRESTED AND TRIED, JUDGES MUST START SENTENCING THESE BEINGS CALLED "HUMANS" TO INCARCERATION FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!

Marsha Halper

Poor sweet pup. Thank goodness he is in caring and intelligent hands now. This is another reason why ASPCA's educational outreach is crucial. I believe your actions can counter those of ignorant, cruel people. It will take time. Vigilance, education and spreading the word can help immeasurably!

Walter D

It's too bad Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital is not still open.Then society could throw the miscreant who tossed poor Joey into the bowels of that institution!

Skyler

So sad! I wish I could help ;(

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