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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Teresa Tellez

I pray they get the person who did this to that poor pup, and lock him or her up and throw away the key it's so sad that people can be so mean and hurt any living thing like this, they should have taken him to a shelter


I would love to adopt Joey!


Thank God there are good people out there who are helping this precious little puppy. Being the proud parents of two dogs and two cats our hearts break for this little puppy and the horrific nightmare he experienced. God took him into his care and brought the rescuer to his aid. Thank you ASPCA for all that you are doing to mend his injuries.


The punishment should be the same thing that they did to poor Joey.. The punishment should be treated the same as a human. Joey we will be thinking about you and good luck to a full recovery.

laurie gotham

poor joey,hope he recovers o.k. and soon,some people can be soooo cruel and ignorant,i hope you find who did this and the get puunished severly. thanks to everyone helping joey. its nice to know some people love animals,to me they are family.


I hope you find a loving forever home.

Scott Pearl

I can't believe someone could do this to a beautiful little puppy. I can't say what I would like to do, but hope that this person's maker equalizes it all in the end.

Laura Nichols

Hello sweet Joey luv-I am so sorry to have read about your tragic/inhumane experience!!!Please don't think all humans are bad:) You are in my prayers and heart. Xoxo


I am so pleased to see my donations at work, going to help Joey, hopefully we can totally wipe out this worst type of violence by supporting this amazing organization.

Courtney Schneider

I wish there was a "Dexter" out there who brought justice to animal abusers. I think there should be an episode (or season!) of Dexter where animal abusers are his targets!