Dog Whose Ears and Leg Cut Off Without Anesthesia Deserves Justice

Target: Hon. Angelo Delligatti, Nassau County Supreme Court

Goal: Enforce a stricter punishment for vet tech who cut off a dog’s ears and leg without anesthesia.

An ex-veterinary technician pleaded guilty to multiple charges of animal abuse totaling two felonies and a misdemeanor. The dog, a pit bull mix named Miss Harper, was allegedly subjected to painful mutilation in Smith’s care, including having her ears and leg cut off without anesthesia. Demand that the court reconsider this decision and ensure justice for this innocent dog.

Once a veterinary technician, Smith worked at the Animal Hospital of Elmont in New York. In July of 2013, he performed an operation on a seven-month-old pit bull, allegedly removing her ears and leg without using anesthetic. It is still not clear why he performed this operation. The dog sustained horrific injuries and suffered greatly. When she was rescued by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), her stump had still not closed and was causing her great pain. The SPCA has been following Miss Harper’s case closely since the shocking details came into light. It was reported that an SPCA representative even attempted to walk out of the courtroom due to his disgust with the verdict.

Smith faced up to two years in prison for charges of cruelty to animals, conspiracy, and unauthorized practice of a profession. Now, he has walked away with only three years conditional discharge with no jail time as long as he practices good behavior. Given the horrific nature of the alleged abuse, this cannot be tolerated. Sign below to join the SPCA in demanding that the Supreme Court reevaluate this case and grant a harsher punishment to this alleged abuser.


Dear Hon. Angelo Delligatti,

Miss Harper, a pit bull mix, allegedly sustained horrific abuse at the hands of Reginald Smith. Her ears and leg were maliciously removed without the use of anesthesia. During the operation and since then she has endured a tremendous amount of pain and suffering due to her injuries. Now, after being sentenced to only three years conditional discharge, her abuser walks free.

We demand that you reexamine this verdict and call for a harsher punishment. If Reginald Smith walks free, then animals will continue to be in danger of harm at his hands. We ask for justice for Miss Harper so that no other animal will ever have to suffer at the hands of Reginald Smith.


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  1. Victoria Levine says:

    These horrific acts will never change until a few of these wastes of space are hunted down……….

  2. This verdict is way too lenient — we have a Vet Tech, whose profession obligates him to work with animals 24/7, who cruelly & sadistically abuses animals AND who’s not playing with a full deck (mentally & emotionally), AND who’s freely living his life as if inflicting on animals brutal suffering is par for the course. Punish this Vet Tech Smith in such a way that he never does this to another animal ever again — SOCIETY SHOULD NEVER TOLERATE SUCH HORRIFIC ACTS AGAINST ANIMALS — my heart goes out to sweet Miss Harper.

  3. Ms Robyn L Reichert says:

    This “person” should not ever be allowed near or allowed to own animals!


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