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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peter solt

Hope they find this barbaric SOB and that I have the opportunity to piss on his grave.


Please think and keep Joey in your thoughts.Who ever did this needs ,to be put in a bag and thrown out of a moving car going 100 miles per hour!

Theresa rice

Hope this puppy gets the best life ever my thoughts with Joey lots of kisses!!!


Anything has no heart or soul.

Mary Massey

This is not about Long Island other than it's where it happened. Unfortunately it could happen anywhere by someone who doesn't care about anybody but themselves.

Hopefully this dog will live a long healthy life and the person who did do it will live a long miserable life.

Irvie Bullock

This sort of thing should be a felony!

Dave Velmosky

Just donated - when will he go up for adoption?


I pray for his speedy recovery


I think people have lost the point here, it is about cruelty to animals take thats place around the world. If you are not donating to the ASCPA, please do so, every penny counts. Personally, I am going to raise my donation and cut back on somewhere else.


My heart breaks for what little Joey went thru and what all abused animals go thru. I hope he gets well soon and finds a loving home. I, of course, also hope the disturbed person who did this is found and is forced to get some psychological help and this is on put on this idiots personal record. I would like to see jail time but unfortunately I don't think that would happen. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a case of Pit Bull breeding for fighting and maybe this adorable little guy was thought to be the runt of the litter so they decided to get rid of him.
Get well Joey, we love you.