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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This behavior always concerns me because if they can do this to a baby animal, or any animal for that matter, what would they do to a human bab? And then a child? And then leading to homicidal behavio tto adults. Not only should these people be criminally punished, but need psychological help as well. Not as an alternative to get a jail out of free card, but both measures taken together.

Joe Larson

Although I'm not a conservative, in these circumstances I agree with their philosophy. Studies have shown that many individuals who abuse animals eventually abuse humans or even kill them. They are weak and sorry human beings themselves and enjoy the power they have in their ability to torture or harm others that are generally incapable of defending themselves. It is unfortunate that their is no prenatal genetic testing to uncover these emotionally disturbed psychopaths so that they could be aborted at birth. However, since science hasn't reached that point of identification just yet, they should be either terminated from society or given a long term prison sentence in a middle east, or central american prison where they will have major difficulty defending themselves against a highly violent and hostile prison population without any of the comfort of a US prison.


Joey, what you went through is unspeakable, but for you, it will become the best thing to happen. You will now recieve a wonderful furever home, and be happy! Get well soon, little boy, and my kisses are with you!

Steff Pearce

I pray that this poor soul, who didn't do anything to anyone, is able to realize that not all humans are evil, and finds the love that he so badly needs. Need I say what I'd wish for the monsters who did this (because there was more than one), that would even think to do this horrible act? Hope you get HUNG! Joey deserves JUSTICE!

Jessica Gonzalez

The worst of all this is how a person(s) can be so evil and heartless on an innocent little puppy, there are so many solutions if you don't want or can't keep an animal so many shelters and foster homes that would take him in, I really hope this person is caught and will pay for what he/she did.
any word on how to adopt Joey, if he hasn't been already?
- concerned mother of 2 doggies

Lynn Estes

First I pray that God will totally and completly heal Joey and that he will find a wonderful loving home and never experience any harmful thing ever again. May he live a long happy, healthy loving life. And as for the miserable piece of scum that did this to him, may God repay them in the same manner with much pain.

Jennifer Vasquez

I dont understand how people can be so cruel, neglecting and heartless. My prayers are with you Joey as well as those in his care.


I hope they find the person who did this. Karma will come back on this so called person. Get well Joey. I wiill be keeping you in my prayers.


If you need someone to adopt this puppy I'm definately intersted!!

Newt's Mama

May God bless sweet, little Joey and may He and the good doctors heal baby Joey! Shame on those who did this terrible deed to this sweet, little guy; I pray no other animal comes in contact with these cruel individuals. From Phoenix, AZ