Woman sentenced to jail after ordering back leg of her dog cut off

In her second animal cruelty conviction, a woman from Oyster Bay was sentenced to a year in jail after conspiring with a veterinary office worker to cut off the ears and back leg of her pit bull puppy, named Miss Harper, reports Newsday.Miss Harper2

Appearing before a judge in the Nassau County Courthouse, Wednesday, August 3,  Shawana Hughes, 40, also received a five-year ban on owning animals and five years probation. According to court records, in July 2013, Hughes and her estranged husband Lee took their seven-month-old puppy to Reginald Smith, 33, a veterinarian technician to cut off the dog’s ears with scissors. To keep the dog from scratching, they tied socks on her feet secured with tight rubber bands which hindered the blood flow to the puppy’s legs. They then ordered Smith to amputate one of the dog’s legs.

The Hicksville Patch reports Lee Hughes, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlicensed practice and aggravated cruelty to animals. Like his ex-wife, Lee is banned from owning animals for five years after his one year prison sentence. He must register as a convicted animal abuser and was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution to the Nassau County SPCA for Miss Harper’s medical expenses. Smith was sentenced to a conditional discharge.

When the friendly puppy’s horrible story hit the media, thousands of people as far away as Australia offered to adopt her from the Nassau County SPCA. She has since been adopted and is living a charmed life with another pup in her Long Island home. Although it was planned to fit Miss Harper with a prosthetic leg, her energy and playfulness precluded that having been a choice, however she gets along fine on three legs. What a happy ending for a puppy whose life started out so tragically.

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  1. Barbara Lay
    Barbara Lay says:

    Not near enough of a sentence…also, should have been banned for life to own any type or kind of animal!! Bless that poor little puppy!! What a POS they are!!

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  2. Bettyjo Houser
    Bettyjo Houser says:

    OOOO 5 years of not owning an animal in her SECOND animal cruelty conviction, not even her first but SECOND animal cruelty conviction….way to show her, judicial system!!! >:(

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  3. Kathy Colbert
    Kathy Colbert says:

    Anybody that abuses an animal should be banned for life from ever owning another animal! They should spend a minimum of at least 5 years in jail! Either that or suffer the same abuse as they inflicted upon that animal!

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  4. Heike
    Heike says:

    It was horrible torture this puppy had to endure and it should reflect with a much tuffer sentence ! I still believe in an eye for an eye these monsters should feel the same pain they inflicted on this puppy and they should never ever be able to own another living thing again as long as there alive and that includes Baby humans!!!

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  5. virginia green
    virginia green says:

    do it to the owners.the dog is a 4 legged kid wearing fur.so if they treat they dog that way,watch them or take the human kids away from them also.that was sick what they did to the puppy.

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  6. Mongoose218
    Mongoose218 says:

    Yes, no animals of any kind for the rest of her and her husband’s lives…..basic common sense!

    The vet tech needs to lose her/ his license as well and be prosecuted…….

    I cannot even imagine what the woman THOUGHT she was doing by having the pup’s leg amputated….Less scratching? Do you ever scratch? I do……and if the pup had fleas that can be dealt with as well!

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  7. Patty
    Patty says:

    I am so glad to see they are ordering these creeps to pay restitution to the vet clinics !!! This is the second one I have seen. I agree, as to the length of time .. NEEDS TO BE MORE !!

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