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Joey, a 3-month-old male pit bull who was (Credit: Heather Walsh)

Joey, a 3-month-old male pit bull who was tied up in a plastic bag and thrown from a moving car in Brentwood was discharged Friday from the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Joey's first steps

Joey, a 3-month-old pit bull, has started to walk again at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip, three weeks after his neck was fractured when someone flung him from a moving car in Brentwood on Aug. 11.

Dr. Lynda Loudon-Sheppard, the chief of emergency medicine
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Dr. Lynda Loudon-Sheppard, the chief of emergency medicine at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, said Joey is doing well. “He tires very easily, but he’s much stronger than we ever expected at this stage,” she said. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Joey, a 3-month-old male pit bull who was
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Joey, a 3-month-old male pit bull who was tied up in a plastic bag and thrown from a moving car in Brentwood was discharged Friday from the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Wounds are still visible on Joey's hip and
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Wounds are still visible on Joey's hip and tail. When he was found Aug. 11, he had fresh bite wounds on his neck and healed ones on his face, indicating he might have been used as dogfighting bait soon after birth. (Aug. 31, 2012)

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Wounds are still visible on Joey's legs. Joey
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Wounds are still visible on Joey's legs. Joey needs months of care. He gets physical therapy twice a day. Later, he’ll strengthen leg muscles on a water treadmill. (Aug. 31, 2012)

After three weeks of care, Joey has started
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

After three weeks of care, Joey has started walking. He weighed 10 pounds when he arrived, but he’s gained 5 since then. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Joey’s legs bend a bit crooked -- a
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Joey’s legs bend a bit crooked -- a sign of having lived in a cage that is too small. Doctors are trying to correct his “cage legs.” (Aug. 31, 2012)

Since Joey’s plight made news, $39,000 has been
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Since Joey’s plight made news, $39,000 has been donated for his care and $27,000 for information leading to his abuser’s conviction. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Dr. Danielle Wharton, an emergency veterinarian at Veterinary
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Dr. Danielle Wharton, an emergency veterinarian at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, cares for Joey. (Aug. 13, 2012)

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Dr. Danielle Wharton, an emergency veterinarian at Veterinary
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Dr. Danielle Wharton, an emergency veterinarian at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, cares for Joey. (Aug. 13, 2012)

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