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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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Doesn't that road have camera's to get an ID on the car. This sick, twisted indivduals deserves the same treatment done to this poor baby! I am so sorry baby Joey! You will get the love and care you deserve now. I can only hope you recover fully - and I can only hope this sick psycho gets everything he deserves!!


Wow, what has happened to this world? The person that did this is obviously a sick and disturbed individual!!! What if the punishment was the same as the crime you commit? Hmmmmm


Heartfelt thanks to the witness who went to Joey's aid! Fortunately there are good people to counter the hateful actions of the bad!

Tracey Malarkey

Oh, I hope this sweet baby is going to be ok. Hearing things like this just makes me hate people more each day. I don't, for the life of me, know how someone can do something like that to a poor baby. Just makes me sick. Someone should do the same to whoever it is that did it when they find them. See how they like it. Hang in there Joey. There's so much love waiting for you now!!


I think the full weight of the law should be thrown at the coward who did this heinous crime...I cannot imagine the heart of this coward and the depraved depth he must be in to be so cruel to a helpless creature. He should pick on someone his size. Poor baby, I am so glad there are people like the person who found this creature of God and instead of ignoring the situation, took the time to seek help for this little one. It is time we all stand up to bullies and cowards and bring them to justice for what they do. Thank you ASPCA for your wonderful works and the lives you saved.

Prayers for Joey

I am so sick of hearing about these cases, yet they manage to escape the punishment they deserve because scumbag lawyers find loopholes in the law!! But I still pray this person is caught and punished severely!! It makes me cry, it it so heartbreaking that a human being could do something so horrible to this poor innocent, defenseless and helpless animal!! I wish I could throw them from a truck at a high rate of speed just like they did to Joey!! May you rot in jail you piece of garbage whoever did this to Joey!! My prayers are with you Joey!! You beautiful puppy, please get better!! Thank you ASPCA for helping Joey!!


With today's technology with cell phones, video recorders, video cameras, as well as surveillance tools, this act had to have been recorded somewhere. And neighbors of the perpetrator must have seen the puppy at some point. Come forward. And let's put this on facebook and twitter to get the word out. Someone needs to be punished.


Unfortunately, incidents like these no longer surprise me. We need to educate children so they do not grow up to be abusive to animals. Those who harm animals are more likely to harm humans. We are the only species who hurt and destroy for no good reason.

Judith Allen

I am crying as I write this. How can people be so heartless? I am leaving in a few minutes to go volunteer at my local humane society. We have a dog there that must have been abused terribly, too. We don't know what happened to him, but when one of our representatives went to the kill shelter and saw him, she said that he was rolled up so tightly in a ball, trying not to be seen. When we first got him, he would shrink back to the back of his pen whenever somebody came near. Everyone who volunteers there (and thankfully, we have a lot of volunteers) has kind of taken him under their wing to help socialize Higgins so he can be adopted. His tail used to be hidden below his body...most of the time now he holds it out a little. He is fairly comfortable with women, but still very afraid of men. We have also found that he has a big slit through his left front paw...God knows how that got there. We also have to teach him to use the outdoor bathroom facilities and not his cage. I wish I could get my hands on his former owner! Thank you for taking Joey in and I hope he gets a wonderful forever family....he deserves it.


My dog who is 13 years old now, began her life after being thrown out the back of a pick up truck. She ended up losing her eye and now suffers from occassional seizures. She is such a wonderful dog and can't imagine what these "human monsters" were thinking. The people who commit these cruel acts against innocent animals are Lazy, Heartless and Brainless. Go Joey....... there are thousands of people praying for you and want to give you a home.