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Former Dog Owners Plead Guilty In Botched Amputations

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two people have pleaded guilty in botched amputations on a pit bull that caused the dog to lose her ears and a hind leg.

Shawanna Hughes and her estranged husband, Lee Hughes, pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine and aggravated cruelty.

Authorities say the two took the dog, Miss Harper, to a veterinary office worker instead of a licensed veterinarian. The dog was found with her ears and leg cut off.

This was the second dog abuse case for the Hugheses. They pleaded guilty after another pit bull mix they owned showed signs of abuse.

Shawanna Hughes is expected to be sentenced to a year behind bars and her estranged husband is expected to get six months in prison when they're sentenced on May 17.

In 2014, a North Texas veterinarian was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after keeping several dogs, taken to his clinic to be euthanized, alive to use them for blood transfusions and other medical procedures. Investigators raided the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic of Dr. Millard Lucien Tierce III in Fort Worth after a former employee informed a family their pet dog had been kept alive.

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