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3, including vet tech, charged with cutting off puppy’s ears, leg

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Abused Puppy

The puppy, named Miss Harper, was found with both ears and one leg chopped off.

NASSAU COUNTY, Long Island (PIX11) — Three people, including  a veterinary technician, have been charged with chopping off the ears and  a leg of  a pit bull puppy on Long Island.

Lee Hughes, 39, wife Shawanna Hughes, 37 and 33-year-old Reginald Smith, who worked as a veterainary technician at the Elmont Animal Hospital, turned themselves into authorities Tuesday.

The pit bull puppy, named Miss Harper by rescuers, was surrendered to a veterinarian back in September with both of her ears and a leg chopped off. Miss Harper also had an infection, raised scars around her neck and other injuries.

The three have given investigators conflicting stories on what happened to the dog.

An attorney for Lee Hughes said his client has been estranged from his wife Shawanna and that he has no idea and nothing to do with what happened to Miss Harper.

A witness interviewed by investigators said that Shawanna wanted to give the puppy away because it had “problems with its leg.”

As for Smith, he claims the puppy’s leg was already amputated when it was brought to him to be bandaged.

All three have been charged with several counts of animal cruelty, practicing veterinary medicine without a license and conspiracy.

Miss Harper is now up for adoption. If interested, email


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