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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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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!

ellen strauss

Please, I hope this all over the news. Why?

Maja

Keep us posted on how he's doing

Rona

How can a human being been so heartless and cruel. Just throws the puppy out like a piece of trash. I ask what kind of raising did this this person have. How sad for them and more for so the puppy who has no voice or choice.

Weezie

Anyone who can look at that adorable puppy face and not fall in love is not human. It just puts my stomach in a knot and tears in my eyes thinking about what happened to that precious little gift from God.

Francia

I hope Joey recovers. I read through some of the other comments. Whoever did this to Joey is cruel, and I believe such a person is cruel to many others in his life. I hope he is caught soon, and I hope the laws in your area have serious consequences for such an abuser.

Francia

I hope Joey recovers. I read through some of the other comments. Whoever did this to Joey is cruel, and I believe such a person is cruel to many others in his life. I hope he is caught soon, and I hope the laws in your area have serious consequences for such an abuser.

Susan

Sending happy thoughts to you Joey! We will find whoever did this to you. Too bad we can't do it to them!

Deb Beauchamp-Turner

That made me angry and made me cry - I would love to give you a hug Joey - maybe somebody could hug you for me- I send you my love and prayers little guy that your life will be so filled with love and tenderness that this nightmare will fade away to nothing.

Sherrie

I am praying for your fast recovery and I hope they get the person/persons responsible for hurting you. I see you lying there and it breaks my heart. Get better soon my dear Joey.

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