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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Shari Stringfellow

Get well soon Joey. Whoever did this to you should suffer. How can people be so cruel.

I received the email on Joey from the ASPCA and was very upset when I first read the story, but I used to work for the Humane Society in ST. Louis in the E.R. & I saw alot of horrendous crimes done to defensless, precious animals! So this story really didn't shock me like it should of. There's too many storys like Joey's all to often, way too often! It has to STOP!! I hope and pray you all find those inhumane people that did this horffic act to this precious little puppy, and that they get the worst sentence that the law can give!! I'll be praying for Joey to have a speedy recovery and find a wonderful loving home which he most definintly deserves.


So sad! It breaks my heart :(


Just when I think that I can no longer be shocked or saddened by the depths of depravity, along comes another story of heartbreak. The individual(s) responsible for this senseless act should be not only found, but punished severely. This was thoughtless, undeserved and cruel. All thoughts now should be with Joey. I hope that time will heal this little guy and he goes on to live a long and happy life with a family that will care for him and give him the unconditional love that he wants and deserves. My heart breaks for you Joey-I hope that the good people caring for you heal your wounds and you find happiness and peace in a loving home.

Dee Skjeveland

With this reward I pray someone turns this scum in I'm sure one of his equally low life "friends" will turn him in or I hope someone finds him puts him in a bag after breaking his ribs and legs then throws him off the Robert Moses bridge That is justice, Brentwood it figures


poor sweet innocent baby. breaks my heart that people have to be so cruel when the other obtion is just take it to the humane society or pound. At least give that baby a chance even if you dont want it :-( just heart breaking...why harm an innocent dog?


Prayers for Joey! I am sickened by people that can not treat their animals right. My beautiful border collie mix gets treated like a princess because that is what she is! She deserves the best life possible, and i know she knows that shes having a great life by all the smiles and kisses she gives me. Animals are helpless without us and we need to stand up for them, we are their voice.

If those inhumane people are ever found they should be prosecuted to the fullest- or thrown out a car window themselves.


Stop the fighting! There is sickness out there!
Just need to educate and not be afraid to step up when something bad is happening to innocent animals or people. People walk around with blinders on. Our world need help! So do a lot of people in it!
Main issue I see is that breeding needs to get controlled in order for our pet issues to get under control.
No More puppy mills!


Lots of love to you, Joey and to those helping you...I can't judge the people who hurt Joey. Remember how often we find out that those who hurt others - people or pets - were the recipients of such torture themselves, often when they were are their most young and vulnerable. What we can do is break the cycle when we see it by caring, education and by example. Thank you, ASPCA. I'm proud to continue my membership. I'd take Joey myself, but it wouldn't work with my precious rescue kitty, Queen Maab in my downtown Indianapolis apartment.


I am horrified over this! The problem is the punishment never fits the crime. If this person gets caught, he/she gets a slap on the wrist, maybe a fine and possibly a little jail time. This was a deliberate act - it was planned and deserves a strict punishment. Next time, it might be a baby in that bag! Speedy recovery to Joey!!