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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Some people say animals are dumb and have no feelings. All you have to do is look into Joey's eyes or any animals eyes and see their emotions and feelings. How can anyone be so mean and cruel enough to hurt a defenseless animal is beyond me. Animals give you unconditional love. What more can you ask for? You won't find that kind of love with humans. God Bless You Joey. And may St. Francis watch over you always.

Jamie mccallson

I am so sadden by this. It really broke my heart. Pitbulls are one of the most beautiful breeds, very loyal! The world has really fallen apart when people can take out their aggression out on a baby puppy. Well i hope baby joey is gonna be ok and will one day find a loving home that he has deserved since the moment he was born!


God bless you Joey. I hope you get to go to a great home.


Pelase keep us updated on the wellbeing of the puppy. Thank you for caring for him.


I'm truly saddened at the number of commenters making this about people from certain areas. Sadly, these sick, psychopathic people are throughout our entire nation. My heart breaks for all of the innocent animals who must endure cruelty at the hands of their owners; the very people these animals worship. I do not understand animal cruelty. I am truly grateful for people such as the kind person who rescued little Joey. Because of her, Joey will recover and he will find a happy home where he will be loved. He is one of the lucky ones. I am from Texas and I strongly believe in an eye-for-an-eye. I wonder if we would still have so many cases of murders, child abuse, and animal abuse if these people had done to them what they did to their victims? Makes you wonder.


People absolutely disgust me. I ache for animal deserves that. People are so stupid and have no compassion for something that brings constant happiness. Thoughts and all my prayers for Joey. Thank you ASPCA for being there for help him.


Joey, you have so many praying for a full recovery and love you and want to adopt you. Hang in there buddy! To the ASPCA and VMCLI... you guys rock. THANK YOU!! and Joey Thanks you!!! You guys are incredible!!!!


God bless you little sweet Joey!!! This makes me absolutly sick to know that some lowlife douchbag of a being did this to a poor innocent baby!!! Don't worry Joey, the piece of crap that did this to you, will get the karma they deserve and I hope they rot on earth and in hell!!!

Gail D

My love goes out to Joey and my sadness with the sick person who did the deed. I pray Joey finds a wonderful home.

This poor littl...

I think more money/help needs to be poured into the shelters, etc. I once had someone tell me that they were just going to take their cat for a ride and let it go and when I told them to take it to the Humane Society, they said no, because they ask for money to surrender animals there. So I think that is a big issue for people is that they dont want to pay or have to answer any questions about dropping an animal off somewhere that could actually help the animal, so instead they just "dispose" of the animal any way they can. And unfortunately that is often to that animal's detriment. I understand that these places ned the money to operate, but I think if we could come up with other ways to bring that money in and offer people the chance to surrender animals there for free, it would save a lot more animals lives!