Three Charged with Abusing, Mutilating Puppy

Westbury, Oyster Bay residents charged in maiming pit bull puppy.

Westbury, Oyster Bay residents charged in maiming pit bull puppy.
Westbury, Oyster Bay residents charged in maiming pit bull puppy.

Three people have been charged in brutally harming a pit bull puppy when she was just three months old, according to Newsday.

Lee Hughes, 39, of Westbury, Shawanna Hughes, 37, of Oyster Bay, and Elmont veterinary assistant Reginald Smith, 33, of Westbury, were charged with counts of animal cruelty, practicing veterinary medicine without a license, and conspiracy, after a month-long investigation by the state attorney general and Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the report.

The three are believed to be responsible for mutilating Miss Harper, a seven-month-old pit bull that was reportedly turned in with the devastating injuries by an unnamed witness.

Miss Harper was the only animal found in the defendants' possession, officials told Patch. However, Shawanna Hughes reportedly wanted the badly maimed Miss Harper out of the house because she and Lee Hughes had a pending animal abuse case on their record, said Newsday.

When Miss Harper was rescued at about 11 weeks old, her left leg had been partially amputated and both ears were severed, in addition to a number of infected wounds and cuts that will likely lead to permanent scarring, doctors said.

"Her scars are most likely permanent, damage to her back toes is likely permanent, and she could have surgery to repair her ears, but it may not come to that," said Dr. Kim Barlowe of My Pet's Vet in Huntington where Miss Harper is staying. “Our main concern is rehabilitating her and finding her a good home.”

When the perfect owner is found for Miss Harper, the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association will do their part to make sure she has the best care for most of her life. They said they will donate up to $5,000 for the pup’s rehabilitation and care, which will greatly “cover and insure Miss Harper has the proper medical care forever,” said Gary Rogers of NCSPCA, reported Newsday.

No further surgeries are required so far for Miss Harper, but the next step is getting her used to a prosthetic leg. Unfortunately, that may mean amputating her remaining back leg so that she can balance herself and walk properly.

"Luckily, the doctors said she probably won't get much bigger than she already is, which is good for her recovery," said Det. Bob Sowers of NCSPCA. Miss Harper weighs under 40 pounds, doctors said.

"I want a person who knows the breed and they have to be close by so she can get ongoing medical treatment," said Sowers, though the hospital has received calls from pet lovers across the country.

"We just have to get a good home for her and she's going to have a happy life," said Sowers.

To Report Animal Cruelty call 516-THE-SPCA, email crueltystoppers@ncspca.us or use their online form.

Head to the NCSPCA website here to donate to Miss Harper's rehab or if you are interested in adopting her.

Marie Brygider February 07, 2014 at 02:44 PM
In response to Sara's comment, it's good to know there are compassionate people in this world who believe in the importance of treating animals humanely. As the ASPCA says, "we are their voice". Unfortunately, I guess that doesn't include you.
Stevo February 07, 2014 at 03:20 PM
I wonder why their pictures aren't posted!!!Hmmmm
brookhavenconfucius February 07, 2014 at 03:22 PM
IF they were white, you could be sure...just as the Disabled 'fight club' organizers, were.
Archie Bunker February 07, 2014 at 03:29 PM
They should put the three of them in a room, crazy glue their scrotums to the floor, leave a dull rusty knife there and set the room on fire.
Darryl Washington February 08, 2014 at 06:22 AM
@Sara Login - As an animal lover/owner, I find this story beyond appalling. But, I have to admit, I find considerable merit in the point you raise. On December 14, 2013, the Patch published a story and link about Robert Golub, the miscreant who was convicted of beating, sexually assaulting, and murdering 13 year old Kelly Tinyes. The story was about Golub finally (after 25 years) confessing to the crime at his parole board hearing. The fact that this mutant is even up for parole is amazing in and of itself. But, to your point, the story generated 3 (yeah, count 'em, three) comments! Bizarre........
Seadog24 February 08, 2014 at 07:03 AM
a very strong example should be made out of these slime balls
barbara grant February 08, 2014 at 06:00 PM
I hope you will tell us what punishment that awful trio get. Jail time would certainly be appropriate, and hopefully they would be put with convicts who are animal lovers.
barbara grant February 08, 2014 at 06:11 PM
They should be put in prison with some convicts who are animal lovers. Also, if any of you know how to, please post their pictures everywhere you can. Maybe someone who knows them and isn't like them, will clean their clock.
Jack February 08, 2014 at 06:18 PM
I think these scum should be put into a prison labor camp for the next 30 years. Stick them in the middle of nowhere pushing a giant wheel to generate electricity for 12 hours a day until their bodies are broken down and they can no longer walk, or they are dead.
Sara Login February 08, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Darryl, that was exactly my point. For the record: I, too, am a dog owner, and my point was not that these 3 human beings aren't animals for what they did. My point is/was that why aren't you people as outraged and posting comments when you see articles here about bullying, killing, hate crimes and the like. In other words the HUMAN VS HUMAN crimes. Where are all of you people then? I've yet to see EVEN ONE comment when it comes to a featured article about a child with cancer, a father killed after being hit by a car, etc. But someone tortured dogs and you're all outraged. PRIORITIES PEOPLE. It's great to love and want to defend our animals, but first let's see some of you (or even ONE of you) make a comment because you feel something about another article you've read about a HUMAN neighbor. Time to spew more anger toward me, I imagine. I understand; it's easier than looking in the mirror.......
john b February 09, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Sara you seem to be pretty articulate in your last comment while passing judgment on those of us who feel passionate about so called human beings brutalizing the truly defenseless. Unfortunately your original comments words were not chosen as wisely. Maybe you should give it another read. P.S I look in the mirror just fine.
diamondheartgrl86 February 09, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I feel bad for her dog
Sara Login February 09, 2014 at 02:40 PM
John: If you read my first comments again with an open mind and without going straight to the defense (as all the other 'dog lovers' did) you and they might've read them as they were intended. Then all you dog lovers went straight into bully mode. It was interesting to watch, frankly. Such loving people towards dogs who were so quick to come after me with such nastiness. A fine line in mentality from those you were all so quick to want to hang from town square. It's quite amazing what people do as a group. Some build bridges, homes, organizations and others become tag-team members. Do you see the easy comparison? This was the closest thing I've seen to the movie Dogville (no pun intended- all of you who jumped on the 'let's get Sara who doesn't agree with us" bandwagon should give it a watch one day). The truth of the matter is that I have never seen so much anger written by so many people on these pages EVER. A million horrible stories involving so much brutality and hate toward our neighbors and NEVER a peep from the reading peanut gallery until it's about a dog. There are words of hate being written toward our neighbors on our community gathering places. A child is dying of cancer...one of your neighbor's children. As Daryl pointed out, the Robert Golub story...a violent killer of a young gril...and you were all quiet on these boards. So many tragic tragic stories and you all stay silent. Then...the first story about brutalization of a dog and you're all up in arms. I'll repeat my original comment: "Scariest part of this story...."
Pat February 09, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Well, Sara, you seem to have infuriated quite a few people so they are responding to something other than the disgusting abuse of this poor animal. They are responding to you, another human, and my response to you is that we live in America which gives us the freedom to speak about what we each choose. If the disgusting treatment of Miss Harper is what we want to comment on, then so be it, and it's none of your business. Be careful about climbing on your high horse and judging others. It can be a long fall.
elizabeth baptiste February 09, 2014 at 04:11 PM
I agree with you Pat it seems sara has either got people upset angry or a little bit of both.I read the patch every day I do not like some of the stories and do comment on some.Animals can not talk or express themselves like people also they might have a hard time fighting back.Sara the less time you comment on this subject the better off you will be.Who out there agrees with me?
Sara Login February 09, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Hey, John...you still there? Take a look at Elizabeth Baptiste's response. Looks like there's a threat towards me in there. I'm so glad this is the sort of person who stands up for pets yet threatens human beings. Rah rah bully mentality. You proved my first comment to the 'T', Elizabeth. Thank you.
elizabeth baptiste February 09, 2014 at 06:25 PM
I am not threatening anybody here.I just do not like these types of stories I read animals are just as important as people.
john b February 09, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Hey Sara.....still here! I fail to see ANY bully mentality or personal threats towards you. I do happen to see people commenting on an obvious(to most) atrocity and the beyond twisted torture of a LIVING BEING. My comments come from a cause that happens to be personally important to me and luckily many others. I will NEVER feel bad or guilty for being completely disgusted at somebody who cut a dogs ears off and when that poor creature scratched at its infected wounds was paid back by getting its toes removed and finally and unfortunately her leg. Since you fail to see why so many people are appalled and offended by this, I would prefer just to end our little back and forth and remain mystified as to why you find the comments scarier than the crime.
Darryl Washington February 09, 2014 at 09:06 PM
@john b - Maybe because many of the types of comments expressed here against the perpetrators are usually reserved for human beings who viciously mutilated, assault, and/or kill other human beings. At no point did Sara say she was not appalled or disgusted by the atrocious acts committed by these people. Miss Harper, thankfully, will live. Kelly Tinyes (to continue my example) did not. I don't pretend to speak for Sara, but it seems her point was not that people shouldn't be outraged by the treatment of Miss Harper. It was that the people who posted such strong feelings about the mistreatment of Miss Harper have been completely silent on other far worse stories involving human victims. It's a valid observation. This is not an either you love animals/or you love humans situation. Again, Miss Harper will live, and hopefully find a loving home. No such uplifting future for Kelly Tinyes.
john b February 09, 2014 at 10:22 PM
Darryl although I appreciate various opinions and the Patch as a forum for such- these back and forth comments are proving both exhausting and futile. My strong feelings for a murder that took place in 1989 have NO relevence to my current anger towards sub human individuals who tortured an innocent life despite sparing it. As happy as i am that this beautiful pup survived, it doesn't lessen the suffering endured. I will forever be confused as to why some of you are so bothered by me and many others feeling disgust over this and commenting on such. BTW, Mr. Golub is spending his life in jail for his horrendous crime. As the current laws against animal cruelty are so lacking there is a good chance these cowards(and the many more who have remarkably done far worse) will not be punished nearly enough. Reread it if you need to but Sara's original comment stated and I quote "the scariest part of the story is the amount of comments it received". As I will be spending all future comment time on more charitable endeavors I respectably decline all future comments/replies.
angrylbcitizen February 09, 2014 at 11:22 PM
angrylbcitizen February 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm I would give all the money needed to rehabilitate this pup if they would give me 5 minutes with these individuals alone in a room. And as for you Sara I would like for you to be in that room as well so you can tell me more about your stupid comment to my face. Be smart and stop posting right here! Obviously you're an uneducated moron and probably need to get laid at least once every 10 years to keep your sanity.
elizabeth baptiste February 10, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Does anyone out there know what happened to these guys?I hope they did not give them a light sentence make them pay for her medical bills food and take their money and donate it to saving animals..And I see from reading these comments no one likes Sara.Maybe this story has people way to upset that they are sayong things they shpuld not.p
Ronald P. Matonti February 11, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Nevermind the dog!!! Where are the murderers or murderer that threw over a dozen women on our beaches????
localgal February 12, 2014 at 07:01 AM
You might find that whomever was responsible for murdering those women started out by torturing animals.
Brian Ancona February 12, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Ronald, you should be left on a beach
Sal Anthony February 12, 2014 at 03:20 PM
They are aspiring rappers
Angela Tancredi February 12, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Let's do to them what they did to this poor animal.
lisa February 14, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Wow! Sara Login...you are an ignorant ass....
The Spiritual Connection Center February 14, 2014 at 03:53 PM
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France
Archie Bunker February 14, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Hey Sara, STFU! Thank you!


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