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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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Anyone who treats a helpless animal in this way deserves whatever the law brings upon them. I believe in an eye for an eye so these cowardly criminals should have the same brought on them, 10 fold!!!!!!

Sheila Underwood

If Joey needs a forever home he has one here in cincinnati. I foster for Luvfurmutts and have been rescuing pits for a couple years now. I would love to show him the love he deserves..


People are just crazy!!! It is hard to beleive someone would do that to an animal!! And we wonder why our nation is so screwed up! My prayers are with little Joey.


People are just crazy!!! It is hard to beleive someone would do that to an animal!! And we wonder why our nation is so screwed up! My prayers are with little Joey.


People that do this should be executed, plain and simple.

Delilah Kearbey

It saddens me to know that there ate people in this world that can pick on a defenseless little pup .Who I'm their right mind could be mean is to abuse one of our Lord's animals we ate suppose to be her e to Cate for them in every way possible not torture or abuse them. My heart goes out to Joey am all other animals that are done this way . May those who do these life of this to these animals rot in hell. And may God bless those of you who care for them all.


I hope these scumbags are caught, and may they burn in hell!


This breaks my heart and is so sickening and senseless. What is wrong with people?! Thoughts are with Joey and that he makes a full recovery. And to whoever did this, you'll get yours.


Healing angel for Joey-(..)- and Lord help the human species.

Delfin Chavez

Please keep all of us informed on Joey's recovery process. I just lost my little dog and of course, I haven't been open to getting another because of the emotional commitment. Part of the package is saying goodbye that dreadful day sure to come. But after seeing this, I'm open to adopting Joey and providing a life of continuos love. IF JOEY NEEDS A HOME ASAP, HE HAS ONE WAITING. If this is possible, somebody contact me.