Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Pet Rescue

Three Nassau area residents arrested in mutilation of pit bull puppy

See also

The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Attorney General's Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of Lee Hughes, Shawanna Hughes, and Reginald Smith, who face numerous counts of animal cruelty, practicing medicine without a license, and conspiracy for the mutilation of a seven-month-old pit bull puppy reports the Long Island Newsday.

After a lengthy investigation, Lee Hughes, 39, of Westbury, and Shawanna Hughes, 37, of Oyster Bay, were found to be the original owners of the puppy now called Miss Harper. The young dog who has captured the hearts of animal lovers throughout the country, was rescued by the Nassau County SPCA after she was found with her ears chopped off and her rear leg partially missing.

Read more about Miss Harper's story of rescue by clicking here.

There have been conflicting accounts from the suspects and witnesses of the puppy's past. According to Shawanna and Lee, the couple stated they had been away on a trip and when they came home, the puppy, then named She-Ra, ears had been "chewed off" and her leg was taped. The puppy had been part of a litter born at their home.

Reginald Smith, 33, of Westbury, who had been a veterinary technician at the Elmont Animal Hospital, was allegedly charged with amputating the pup's leg at the animal hospital after office hours.

In other accounts, Shawanna and Lee gave the puppy away because of pending animal cruelty and abuse charges allegedly against Shawanna in the case of a different dog.

Witnesses state the puppy was in poor physical condition with an infected leg with tissue and bone visible. The witness turned the puppy over to a veterinarian in September.

Miss Harper will have all the surgery necessary to help her live a wonderful life. If you would like to help her, please click here.

Lee Hughes denies all charges. Reginald Smith states the puppy's leg had already been amputated by the time he saw her.

If you would like to continue receiving the latest news on pet issues and how we can help those who cannot speak, please click the "Subscribe" icon.

Follow the National Pet Rescue Examiner on Facebook by clicking here. Please visit and "like" my page. You are welcome to submit story ideas by contacting me at cdhanna9703@aol.com.

Advertisement

Life

  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    Camera
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    Camera
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    Camera
    5 Photos