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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You who did this to this little have not gotten away with it, your sin will find you out! for Joey I will take him...seriously. I was born and raised in Long Island and always will be one at heart, I come from the era that had one, and I believe alot of good people still exist there, I live in GA now but I have always rescued dogs, have three as pets and would love to take in joey in any level of recovery he me if he needs a home...God Bless you sweetie


I agree with throwing the guilty jerk out of a car window, however, that's not going to happen. You know they won't get jail time either. Cruelty to animals is still not taken seriously enough. Just a slap on the hand and maybe a little fine. They could make these people work in shelters cleaning up the poop for a long time. All my kisses to Little Joey!

Lilia N silva

May our prayers and good thoughts help this beautiful soul to recuperate from the cruelty from people,..... I would SAVE A DOG, AN ANIMAL .... BEFORE SAVING A HUMAN BEING.


I can't express how angry this makes me!! I hope they find who did this and put him/her away for a very very long time! Prayers go out to Joey, what a sweet little pup. I pray when he has recovered, he will be placed with a loving family...I don't think there will be a shortage of people wanting this special little guy!!

We Are Lost

A sad story for sure. But what I found most sad, and most damning, is that we as a society cannot even react to something like this without ad hominem attacks and pissing matches! Somehow a story about this poor animal turns into back and forth snarky comments about "stupid Long Islanders" or "executive's kids" etc. Come on people, we don't have to make every story into a pissing match. Grow the f*ck up!

Teri Warming

I hope that by offering that large Reward they cautch the Sob that did this. I hope that the person spends time in jail and a fine for this.

Maria Lisa

I'm sorry, but how could anyone be that cruel to abuse and maybe murder another living creature? What if we did this to them? They just don't care

Breeda O'Mahoney

Bless you Joey as you speed toward recovery. May you soon feel nothing but the happiness that comes from being with your loving family. You deserve loads of peace, wellness and happiness.
To all the people that are choosing this forum to unleash your anger. Please remember that it is anger and hatred that creates most of the ills in this world. Quite possibly the cause of Joey's situation as well.
I believe that if we are sending well wishes for Joey, then they should be positive and loving. Not hateful and demeaning.


His precious life is worth FAR more than the cruel animal that threw him out. that person will get
re-paid in full. THANK YOU for helping this little boy and making him know he is truly loved and valuable, may he go on to have a happy and appreciated life from these days on.
thank you aspca and the kind person that rescued him, bless you.


Why in a plastic bag? If the owner thought it would help... He was just totaly un-cool. Hope you get better Joey.. I wish I could adopt you.