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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Colleen Langlois

Such cruelty cannot be tolerated. Whoever did this needs to stay in jail!!

Leslene Dunn

My God, what despicable humans - wish I could have seen it - I would have chased them until I caught them and then beat them to death. Hope this poor little dog heals quickly and that he finds the loving, kind and compassionate home he so deserves. It is little wonder I hate the majority of humans.

Kimberly J. Smith

I continue to be amazed at the stupidity and the cruelty of people even though those characteristics run rampant in today's world. You'd think that I would be desensitized, but (thankfully?) I am not. I will send up prayers for Joey and although it will be hard for me to do so, I will send up prayers for the ___________________ that did this to him.

Where's Steven Segal when you need him?

Carol Klotz

I am sickened and outraged to read of this incident. My heart goes out to this puppy, this baby. May his recovery be smooth and the rest of his life be filled with the love he, and all animals, deserve.

Deborah Stephenson

I am trying to hold back tears as I write this. I look around at my canine children -- all 10 of them -- sleeping and playing around me, and I can't even begin to imagine what kind of monster it would take to hurt such a tiny, innocent being. Poor little Joey! Please take good care of him! I hope whoever did this to him goes to prison for a very long time, and I hope Joey will find it in his heart to forgive the rest of humanity for letting him down and not protecting him when he needed us. May he find a loving forever home someday soon and learn that we are not all monsters.


I am so sad about what happened to Joey, thank you so much for the people who found him and are helping him, when they find the person or people who did this to him, they should get the same punishment, how can anyone hurt a defensless animal, they say the way you treat animals is the way you treat people, and I believ this. Get better Joey, will be praying to St. Francis for you.


Poor baby. I hope the people responsible are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


Jail? No....that is way too easy - the person who through a helpless, voiceless puppy out of the window of a car should be SET ON FIRE and die a slow, tortuous death. These types of "humans" (I use this word loosely), should not be roaming on this earth. It has been proven that animal abusers will also abuse and/or kill other humans. I pray for all the animals that suffer at the hands of humans in this world.


Let's try to focus on finding the loser who did this to little Joey and Joey's recovery, not so much hating the people from Long Island. There are animal abusers everywhere, and believe me, I wish we could round each and everyone one of them up and give them a taste of their own medicine - let's put him in a plastic bag and throw him/her out a window. I have no sympathy for animal abusers - they are completely aware of what they are doing, and show no remorse or mercy, and so I have no mercy on them either.