Saturday, 18 August 2012

North Shore Animal League America Launches the Justice for Joey Movement

North Shore Animal League America

North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) – the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – launches the Justice for Joey Movement and offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person that perpetrated the horrible crime of tossing a three-month-old Pit Bull puppy, Joey, from a moving car in Brentwood, NY. NSALA would also like to offer assistance in finding Joey a permanent, loving home.

"We are outraged and appalled at the callousness of this cowardly act," said President of North Shore Animal League America John Stevenson. "This three-month-old puppy was thrown out of a moving car, in a plastic trash bag, with no consideration for his life. We would love to help little Joey find the loving home he deserves."

The ASPCA has joined NSALA and the Suffolk County SPCA in their efforts to track down and prosecute the perpetrator who threw Joey from the car by adding to the reward.

According to reports, Joey was taken to the West Islip Emergency Veterinary Clinic on Saturday afternoon, where doctors determined he had fractured three of his six neck vertebrae when he hit the ground. He was in intense pain and had labored breathing as his lungs were bruised by the impact. According to doctors at the West Islip Clinic, Joey will be hospitalized for six to eight weeks; there is a 50 percent chance his neck bones will heal on their own.

North Shore Animal League America is urging anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the person who had no concern for poor Joey's life to come forward. Anyone with information should call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

"Let's show Joey that not all humans have the same disregard for life as the inhumane person that committed this crime," said NSALA Senior Vice President of Operations Joanne Yohannan.

The Animal League has saved more than 1,000,000 lives. As the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, we understand that a rescue isn't complete until each animal is placed into a loving home. Our innovative programs provide education to reduce animal cruelty and advance standards in animal welfare. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly in the pursuit of our vision of a world where all companion animals find permanent homes to end euthanasia. For more information, visit

The Mutt-i-grees® Movement generates awareness of the plight of shelter animals, elevates their status and reduces animal cruelty through education and innovative programs. An estimated 8,000,000-10,000,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens enter U.S. shelters annually, and tragically, over 4,000,000 of these wonderful animals are destroyed to control pet overpopulation. Millions of lives could be saved when potential pet parents make the simple choice to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, instead of purchasing a pet from a pet store.

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Lindsey Calabrese
North Shore Animal League America

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