Veterinarian Kate Freeman Commends SPCA for Proactive Sanctions Against Animal Abusers

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Joey, a three month old puppy, was rescued by veterinarians after enduring horrific abuse by individuals suspected to be involved in dog fighting. The Suffolk County SPCA has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the criminals responsible for this abuse.

New York Daily News reports that Joey, a three month old pit bull who endured horrific abuse at the hands of individuals suspected to be involved in dog fighting, is in stable condition. After being tied in a bag and thrown out of the window of a car on Long Island, Joey was brought to West Islip Emergency Veterinary Clinic, where he has received the care that has, hopefully, saved his life. Veterinarian Kate Freeman is appalled by the violent abuse to which Joey and other animals involved in dog fighting are subjected to and strongly supports the Suffolk County SPCA’s efforts to find such individuals and stop these heinous crimes.

The article reports that Joey suffered from malnourishment, three broken neck vertebrae, and bites to his neck. He was also severely underweight and infested with fleas. The bite marks are what have led veterinarians to believe that the puppy was forced into a dog fighting situation.

“I think he was probably used as bait, or they were trying to start fighting him and he wasn’t good enough and that’s why they discarded him,” asserts Dr. Danielle Wharton, a veterinarian at West Islip Emergency Veterinary Clinic.

Lynda Louden, the Chief of West Islip Emergency Veterinary Clinic’s Emergency Department, reports that Joey was “screaming to the point where we had to anesthetize him to get his pain under control.” Due to the dedication of the Clinic’s staff, Joey is now stable and healing. Although veterinarians cannot say if he will recover fully, or even be able to use all of his limbs, they have given him a chance at surviving the atrocious abuse he has endured.

“I cannot praise the veterinary team at West Islip Emergency Veterinary Clinic enough for their heroic attempt to save Joey,” asserts veterinarian Kate Freeman. “These professionals have given Joey a fighting chance, and I hope that he is able to recover from his terrible injuries.”


Kate Freeman DVM, is a veterinary professional who provides high quality animal care through her practice. As a trusted veterinarian, Dr, Freeman provides pet owners with accessible and dependable care options, including preventative and reactive services. Furthermore, she is involved with veterinary organizations that provide care in rural and wildlife clinics where proper care is often difficult to secure.

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