SPCA members outraged over dog mutilation sentence

Several people are outraged over the sentence given to a man who mutilated a pit bull puppy named Miss Harper. Reginald Smith, who pleaded guilty

Several people are outraged over the sentence given

Several people are outraged over the sentence given to a man who mutilated a pit bull puppy named Miss Harper.

MINEOLA - Several people are outraged over the sentence given to a man who mutilated a pit bull puppy named Miss Harper.

Reginald Smith, who pleaded guilty to removing the dog's ears and one of her back legs, could have served two years in jail. Instead, he was sentenced to a three-year conditional release and fines.

Miss Harper had her ear removed with anesthesia. Following complications, half of her leg was cut off as well. After the incident, Miss Harper was taken to a veterinarian in Huntington, where she recovered from her injuries for over a year.

Members of the Nassau County SPCA, who worked to bring those responsible to justice, were outraged by the decision, saying the judge has sent the message that animal cruelty is acceptable.

The case has inspired lawmakers to establish an animal abuse registry in Nassau County. People on the registry are not allowed to adopt or buy animals.

The dog's owners -- Lee Hughes, of Westbury, and Shawanna Hughes, of Oyster Bay -- are also facing animal cruelty charges. Their trial date has not been set.

Miss Harper was adopted by a family in Bellmore and faces more surgeries because of the animal abuse.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

1 The Download: Tech News for 3/22
An attacker is treated by emergency services outside 2 4 dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament
Irwin Scharf, of North Massapequa, says he noticed 3 Tax rebate may be restored to thousands of Nassau seniors
In a News 12/Newsday special report, has been 4 LI garbage barge of '87 still influences solid waste disposal
The American Health Care Act still has its 5 LI representatives split in GOP health care bill decision

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The Nassau SPCA has announced that Steve Roberts Abused dog gets a new home

A dog horribly abused by its former owners is getting a new home today. The

Person wanted in puppy abuse case

The dog named ‘Miss Harper’ is in the care of My Pets Vet on West

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE