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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Sometimes I wonder ...who the real animals are ...?????
I pray every day to Saint Francis to protect all this creatures from the cruelty of some people called "Humans"

Dawn Chapdelaine

This is one of the saddest stories I have read in a long time. I wish I could say, I was "surprised" because I am not. Our society as a whole has changed. Animal rights are NOT being enforced, and people are basically becoming more angry and violent by the day. Animals are really the ones with the souls and the hearts. Thank GOD for the ASPCA. God Bless you all and God Bless Joey. How is he suppose to trust people now? I am sure he will forget this terribly cruel that was done to him, and will learn to love again but, I hope and pray the MONSTER that did this, will be put in prision or get the maximum penalty the law will allow. Yes, I know this will not happen because again, animals rights are all being ignored but, if things were way they should be, this monster would already be in prision. I am beginning to hate society. I do not mean everyone but, society as a whole really STINKS now and I do not see it getting any better. Poor dear Joey, I will pray for you love.

jeff s

damn coward who ever did this. if i knew who ever did this i would be the sh!t out of him til he was black and blue and in the hospital. this is soo cruel




This is so sad, not only is a poor puppy suffering but people are insulting each other here. I hope Joey gets better and gets a good loving home and will never suffer again.


The thing that breaks my heart even worse, that puppy will still wag its tail at the sight of that monster.

Get well soon, Joey. I hope you find a good home.


Sending healing thoughts to Joey and prayers for all you do to help fight against animal cruelty.


I'm sending up prayers for Joey. I still find it reprehensible that there are people so cruel as to do something like this. I pray they don't have children either. Will Joey ever be able to walk? I hope so and that he finds a loving home. I can see the pain in his eyes from the picture...

linda lucas

i just cannot believe how cruel people can be. i hope you are able to find this miserable person and he gets what he deserves.
i would like to put him in a bag and throw him out of a fast
moving car. god bless that little puppy and the good people who
are taking care of him.

Meg Johnson

How extremely sad that so many people want to hate one another, and call names instead of pulling together to help dogs like Joey. It's always easier to think that it's those other people from somewhere else, it's not people like us. There are monsters among all groups - we must fight them wherever they are found - even in our own families - then the little Joey's of the world will be protected and loved, like they deserve.