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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Angie W

Prayers going out to Joey for a speedy recovery and a life with a new owner that will love him forever. And to the person who threw him out of the car...I hope you have a cursed life and you burn in hell.


I am devastated at the level of human cruelty to animals we still unfortunately witness- I must tell everyone though and I hope everyone already knows, that the United States of America is the most compassionate place in the world fighting both human and animal abuse. We must continue to educate civility and firmly communicate our ways to everyone who reside in this country . I volunteer with rescue and ADOPT NOT BUY ! KEEP THE FIGHT JOEY YOU ALREADY WET THROUGH THE WORST!


One who does that to a living being, is a THREAT to our society. Find him!

J. P.

Citizens all over the world must step up their efforts to prevent such heinous, truly barbaric crimes, and the perpetrators should be given life-long prison sentences without any chance of parole! People who commit such acts cannot be redeemed because they are evil, pure and simple.


Can he be adopted?????


What makes a person grow up to be such a monster? If these people can be like this in one aspect of their lives can they still be a decent human being in other aspects? I'm not so sure they can.
Our family got some devasting news a couple of days ago, so forgive me if I sound like a terrible person. I really just need to get this off my chest. I think I have decided, at the ripe old age of 61, how I would handle things if I was God. I would make note of the people that abuse/molest/kill our little animal friends, our children, our friends and family. Instead of concerning myself with the outcome of some sport, results of award ceremony, or any of the good things God is given credit for, I would take a more reasonable approach. I would make sure that every child is born healthy and live a long and happy life. I would insure that the truly good people of this world would live to a ripe old age. I would make sure that all the truly evil people in this world would get punished while they were here on earth. I would have all of them be diagnosed with cancer, instead of the kind, gentle, good people that we all know and love. It may sound terrible, but the way I figure it I would be doing a service to the human race and the world. After all I would be God and could do as I please.


I'm prepared to love and care for Joey RIGHT NOW. I'm so glad that there are many of you out there with big hearts. To bad that's not as evident as the rampant stupidity and violence that permeate. What a beautiful little guy. My ex's beloved pit, Jaco, just passed away two days ago. He was the most glorious dog. Only five years old and we all adored him. And just said goodbye to my Little old boy, Jojo two months ago, so this story just sent me over the top. What is wrong with the human animal?! Someone on this thread posted that man was created in the image of God. Please stop parroting these ridiculous platitudes. All creatures are in the image of God and we're the ONLY creature that doesn't live in harmony with nature, so how can we claim sole ownership of God's image? How stupid. Let's all send Joey healing light and love.

Really happy to hear this poor pup is being helped now. The ASPCA continues to make me proud that I donate to them monthly, because I know the money goes straight to helping the animals.


Animal cruelty laws MUST be made stronger with no loopholes. We already know that "humans" who mistreat animals are very likely to use "that power" over children and others. Don't let this perp or any others get off free! Get them off our streets...period. Healing blessings to this innocent guy!


Get well soon little Joey. Breaks my heart that someone could do this to an animal. Thank you to the Long Island Vet Med Center for helping this poor little guy heal. I hope someone has information about who did this and turns them in!