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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Leslie Ramalho

Heel quickly Joey! Hope the a_ _ holes that did this to you are caught!


I can give Joey a loving home. Given the opportunity, I'd take him in a heartbeat. We're all rooting for you sweet little buddy.


Makes me so upset and sick to hear stories every day about innocent animals being abused and killed. Our society and weak laws allow this to happen! With so many sick scumbags who abuse animals, children and the elderly in jail, why don't we test products on them, rather than testing products on innocent animals? These abusers and murders have shown they don't respect life on any level, and they are a risk to society. We need much harsher penalties. An eye for an eye, or let's just exterminate them. There is no rehabilitating these sickos. My heart and best wishes go out to Joey, the kind witness who saved him, the ASPCA folks who are helping him, and the future family that will love him.


God bless you Joey and the people that found you. You are a precious creature of God and I pray for your recovery.


Please share this with others. Thank you.

"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity wll not find peace."


Poor baby I pray for these animals who are abused and killed and neglected everyday! Who would be able to commit an act like this? You know what this country does not take animal cruelty seriously !! It should be an eye for an eye noone should suffer or be jilled including animals !


I hope and pray that while people in this discussion discuss caring about animals, they can transfer that caring to the farm animals who, by the billions, endure unspeakable cruelties and violence every day of their lives in our mass agriculture system. The difference is, horrific treatment of farm animals is sanctioned by society and we support it with our forks and our apathy ("we don't want to know..."). If we really care about all of God's creatures, and respect all life, what can we do to change this?

Christy K

I live in Michigan and we have idiots here. not just Long Island. We had a medical student recently get arrested for beating and killing 11 miniature greyhounds because they didn't listen. The guy got let off with probation. And he can still get his degree. I think animal cruelty laws should be more strict. Find out who did this to Joey, wrap them in a plastic bag and throw them out the window of a moving vehicle and see how they like it. These acts should not be tolerated!!!!

Dawn Thompson

Poor baby! I hope Joey makes a complete recovery & finds a happy forever home! Things like this is why I give to ASPCA every month. You're there to help those who can't help themselves. Bless Joey & the ASPCA!

Charlene Karns

Unfortunately animal cruelty is not specific to any race or to where a person lives. It would be so much easier to stop if there were any parameters such as location or race. It is an inhumane action by an individual or group of individuals. I hope Joey has a speedy recovery and does not remember the pain that this human caused. Hopefully he will only remember the love that he receives from his caretakers.