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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(I would have had a heart attack if I had found him suffering)


disgusts me to read this.. the stupidity to throw a pup out of a car as opposed to simply giving it to someone else or brining or calling a shelter to get it shows this lowlife has the most minimal brain cells.. Joey i wish you a fast recovery and hopefully a new home. If they allow it id take you in.


So sad. There is NO reason to treat an animal this way. God, I pray whomever did this suffers your wrath beyond their worst nightmare & someone turns this piece of garbage into the police & let them deal with it.
Unreal that someone could be so cruel to a puppy. WTF?!? Joey needs a good home & if I lived closer, I'd take him. :)

Pat Maley

There is no sense, no logic to this act - it is just pure evil. It boggles the mind what other crap this person might be capable of.
God bless the person who did find the pup and seek help for him...

vivienne carr

Makes me sick to read. Cannot fathom the sociopath who would do such a thing. Bless you baby dog. We all love you, who took the time to offer a prayer for your recovery. My wishes are for you to have a fabulous life, from here on out. XOXO


Come on people, who gives a crap about the issues and people on Long Island. This is about a little puppy that was thrown from a vehicle. Thank God someone heard him and rescued him. The person/persons who threw the puppy Joey out of the car is the issue!!! So stop all this bickering and help the ASPCA in anyway you can.


I am SO proud of the ASPCA and the Suffolk County SPCA for putting up this substantial reward for information. It says loud and clear that the humane organizations & the wonderful people who support them will not put up it. Please keep us informed. God bless.


Bless you little joey, I love you and no you are in good hands now. You are strong and will make it.

joan racine

Prayers go out for poor little Joey. Bless you all for the love and care you are providing him. May the sick, demented person/people who committed the act reap the rewards of poetic justice.... it will prevail, I hope sooner than later

Michael E. Davis

I just cannot understand how anyone can be so cruel as to put little Joey in a plastic bag and throw him from a moving vehicle. My prays are for little Joey's speedy recovery and to be placed in a loving home. Get well vary soon little Joey!