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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anyone who can do this to a puppy can easily do the same to a child I have no doubt in it...


People like this are an insult to the human race. I don't care what you've been through in your lifetime, there is NO excuse to do this to an innocent animal. People who do this will have their judgement day with Christ, best of luck with that. In the mean time, so glad there are others willing to step in and help this poor little guy and seek justice. Prayers for a speedy recovery and great life little one.


I will never understand how someone can be so just sickens me and to think they're able to look at themselves in the mirror. Well, I pray that they see those precious eyes of Joey staring back at them and are haunted for the rest of their lives...or grow a heart and do the right thing. At least Joey is now in good hands and will receive the love that he so deserves.

who ever did this to this poor dog should be put in a bag and be thrown out of a car, and see how he or she likes it

Patricia A. White

There is way to much animal abuse going on,something needs to change. Wish you well joey.


i hope this little guy makes it shame on who ever did this i hope they catch you and throw the book at you my prayers will be for joey and i hope who ever did gets caught shame on this person


Thank God someone found this sweet boy! What is the matter with some people? Dogs, cats, horses, all animals, don't ask to be born and it is our responsibility to care for them the rest of their lives. If that is not possible, there are plenty of us out there who can adopt them!

Julie Mack

Dear Joey,
Please fight as hard as you can to get better so that you will be able to find a loving and caring home with people who will love you, nurture you,teach you, play with you, cuddle with you...the way every four legged baby should be. Please know that not all humans are monsters & have faith that your forever home is out there waiting for you.... xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


I hope the person that did this gets thrown out of a car, and they get ran over but live to suffer the rest of their life!

Christy Gidney

Joey, you did not deserve this horrible thing that was done to you, but whoever did this to you will certainly get what is coming to them. God sees what peolpe do and they will be punished. For now Joey you rest and heal up for one day very soon you will have someone who loves you and you can give your love back to them.