In a ruling that shocked animal advocates, a New York man was sentenced to zero days in jail for a series of unlicensed surgeries that left a pit bull puppy earless, mutilated and severely infected, Newsday reports.
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Officials say 34-year-old Reginald Smith likely cut off the puppy's ears with a pair of scissors at her owners' request before using socks and rubber bands to keep the dog, named Miss Harper, from scratching her wounds. Soon, however, one of Miss Harper's legs became necrotic from lack of circulation and her owners took the dog back to Smith to remove the limb - an operation he also botched.
Nassau County SPCA