Justice for Dog Who Allegedly Had Ears and Leg Cut Off Without Anesthesia


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.

A convicted animal abuser has gone free in New York. Reginald Smith 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. Demand that the Supreme 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. Myriam Bouvot says:

    Il faut absolument qu’il soit puni et surtout veiller à ce qu’il ne recommence pas sur un autre chien, ou pire….
    Ces criminels se font la main d’abord sur l’animal et finissent par tuer des humains.
    En attendant ce pauvre animal aura du mal à se remettre et je lui souhaite de trouver un foyer qui lui fera oublier toute sa souffrance.
    Que la justice n’oublie pas. Aujourd’hui l’animal a des droits.
    Il est sensible et doué de raison.
    On peut se poser la question pour certains individus.

  2. This person is a danger to the community and could strike again. Anyone who can so calculatedly abuse an animal is truly aberrant. He could possibly get a job in another location as a vet tech and abuse another animal. This person must be punished and stopped.

  3. This person should be hung up and tortured. What a frigging lowlife. Thus poor baby Ned’s justice.

  4. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    This guy needs to be in an institution of SOME kind, even if it’s not prison. He needs to be taken out of society; he’s a bully, he’s impulsive, and he’s dangerous.

  5. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    This monster should be sent to prison for life. He is a phychopath. How can a court allow this scumbag to walk free when he has committed such an barbaric act of cruelty. This is beyond words.

  6. And again animals are seen as things. The justice system really needs to get its act together and impose severe actual sentences on animal abusers. I think this is something Animal Legal Defence Fund should be looking into.

  7. Catherine Dugan says:

    What a terrible thing to do to a beautiful animal! What cruelty! What kind of inhumane person would do this!

  8. “Honorable” Delligatti – not so honorable if he made the decision for this Reginald Smith to essentially walk free after such an horrific crime. Shame on those who decided on the side of the abuser – SHAME!!! SHAME!!! SHAME!!!!

  9. I’m all for cutting off his leg and ears without anesthesia. I want to see if he likes it.

  10. Heather Brophy says:


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