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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Ivette Crespo

Thank goodness someone found him in time and did the right thing. As for whoever threw him out of the car -- I hope he gets thrown out of a moving car someday (may God forgive me for even saying this)...


Poor Joey, deserves everything safe and happy in his life. I have 4 pitieboys, all rescues,.along with cats and a parrot rescue. There are so many sad sad stories of animal abuse and neglect. Joeys is horrible, pities get the brunt of all things negative, they are people pleasers, so it's no shock he's kissing his rescuers and new people. It always amazes me that people have.nerve to call pets animals...when it is the human, for lack of a better term,that caused this precious baby such pain and suffering....what a can abuse a 10 pound underweight puppy. You loser....there is a price for this's now up to.$25,000...I pray for Joey to run and play and live carefree like my boy do....I pray for a full recovery quick and speedy....I thank the person that stopped and picked him up...and of course thank those in the medical facility that help him with his recovery. I wait and pray for Karma....Joey is special and deserves to have justice served on a silver platter....we all know justice is blind....may she see little Joey's pain and suffering and serve the animal a sentence to die for! LITTLE ANGEL...MANY TAILWAGS AND MILKBONE strong....grow up and be the ambassador for all pittes.....patience puppy...your real people are coming to show you love, kindness and everything those monsters didn't. Karma little one...karma...


I cried when I read this an looking at this loving face. My heart breaks for Joey. I hope someone will come forward with information an Justice is served! So tired of hearing an seeing animals abused when will it Stop!


VERY well spent.

Audra Lewis

I hope you find the horrible person that would abuse a small defenseless baby, I pray Joey will have a quick recovery and the emotional pain this human has caused him. Joey deserves a loving home (like all animals that end up in shelters),and I pray he finds his forever home. All the best the Joey and his loving care givers.

Heather S

My prayers and thoughts go to you Joey. Hope you feel better and I pray they find the scum that did this to you! So sorry sweetie.


People that do this come from all different walks of life. Rich, poor, middle class. Kids with good parents, being a monster is not determined by where you come from. It has to do with whether or not they were born with a soul. And apparently this so called "human being" was not. I do not understand for the life of me when society will finally wake up from their humanitarian bull crap & start getting rid of people like this.
They are one step away from harming a child or an unsuspecting neighbor.
Start making the punishments fit the crime before they get to the next step!!!


I could not believe my eyes when I read this article. I will never understand how cruel people can be. I pray Joey will recover and live a wonderful life he deserves to live. I wish I could come and scoop him up and shower him with love, such an adorable puppy. This is truly a heartbreaking and gut wrenching story. Thank God for the ASPCA and all the other animal organizations out there—this world we live in DESPERATELY needs you!!!


How would he feel if we threw him from a car window?!?!

billi boles

When will the suffering and death of innocent animals stop? Thanks God for all the caring people who care for, love and give their time and money to help rhe victims. The people causing the problem need to be stopped. The animals are paying the ultimate price with their lives. Over crowed shelters are the fault of irresponsible people. No animal should be put down in a shelter because it was abused by people, it should be rehabilitated. No animal should be put down because there is no room or home for them. They should be cared for until they died of natual causes. The people who are responsible should pay for the care of the animals for the animals natual life. Animals are a responsiblity for the life of the animal not just for four months or a year. People need to be held responsible so animals can stop paying the ultimate price, the loss of their lives.