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 hope that everyone will give a small donation to the ASPCA or other animal rights organization to say "thanks" for their continuing efforts to stop animal cruelty dead in its tracks. Of course, this puppy was abused, but look at all the other animals that the ASPCA saves as well as the other organizations. Giving to any of them will help them continue their good work.

Bob Staggs

May GOD Bless The Wonderful People At The ASPCA,The Suffolk County SPCA And The Long Island Vet Med Center. Joey Is Probably Like Most Other Dogs In That He Has Ingrained In Him That Wonderful Trait Of Almost Instant Forgiveness. I Wish You Well Joey And I Pray You Find A Happy Loving Home And Live In Happiness.


Joey, that monster will not get away with this. He or she will get their punishment on earth or on judgement day. My punishment for them would be to first torcher them and to wipe them off the face of the earth as well as all other animal abusers. If laws were harsher and the punishment was more severe, maybe these sickos would think twice about doing these ugly acts. God help me if I got a hold of this monster,they would wish they were already dead!


God bless Joey and the people who rescued him : )


I pray you will find a good home. ASPCA thanks for being there.

Suzanne Scully

It breaks my heart when I hear such horrendous stories as this. It is frightening to know that there are such cruel monsters walking amongst us. I am so thankful for the good samaritan who rescued this precious life and for those who are taking care of him. I agree with the person who said that, if they do find the despicable person who did this, the punishment won't fit the crime. At times like this I find myself wishing we could do the same thing to the perpetrator. He/she deserves no less! I will pray for Joey and those taking care of him.

Linda Gursky

People are not stupid, just no conscience, moral standards, out right mean and non-caring for life. Animals are an easy target for these inhumane excuses of the human race. They could not possibly have a heart to do the horrible things that they do to animals, heck other people for that matter. Animals, unlike some people, do have compassion for life. They only kill for food, unless they have had the experience of being treated cruely by starvation, beatings and other horrific actions placed upon them by man. God loves all animals and gave for his life for man, that seems to throw it back in his face every chance they get. I pray for the animals and little Joey in his recovery. There was no excuse for that type of treatment. There are shelters that will take unwanted animals and even if it means they are put to death, it beats the heck out of the alternative that they can suffer by whatever these individuals that seem to get a "high" off suffering would have in store for them. I support the SPCA and have several rescue dogs myself as people seem to dump them at our property.

sabrina harris

god will bless the sorry soul whom feels aminals are not equal- they will have their day- and just for a little while all is right- bless your agenecy for all you do- keep up the outstanding work-

Linda Moore

My hope and wish is pretty impossible. That all animals are treated with the love and kindness they deserve. Of course I know I'm only dreaming but with people like the ASPA and HSUS things are getting much better. Thank you.


I also found a mother beagle that had just had pups. Mom was thrown from a car. I rescued her. She had surg. and was adopted out. Persons that do these type of cruel acts should have the same done to them. see how they feel about that.