By that evening, a GoFundMe page surged past $2,000. Donations for his medical care came from as far away as Australia and England.
"I've gotten bombarded with emails," Julian Rovito, one of the neighbors helping the dog, tells The Dodo. "I really want to respond to everyone. And I will do that."
But Joey has been his great labor of love - and time.
Neighbors had tried several times already to get the dog into a crate. Invariably, they were met with growls. Or else, Joey would threaten to flee.