Miss Harper's stump was an open wound with exposed flesh and bone when the dog was eventually surrendered to the Nassau County SPCA, according to Detective Robert Sowers. Smith would later plead guilty to unauthorized practice of a profession, conspiracy and aggravated cruelty to animals, charges that carried a potential penalty of up to two years in prison.
"He deserves jail time," prosecutor Gail Heatherly argued at Smith's sentencing hearing on Friday. "Without him, this wouldn't have happened."
Instead, Judge Angelo Delligatti let Smith walk with a three-year conditional discharge, giving him "slight credit" for not being "an abuser of the animal."
Nassau County SPCA