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Long Island Man Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail For Animal Cruelty

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A Long Island man was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to an animal cruelty charge back in February.

Lee Hughes, 40, of Oyster Bay, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of probation for failure to provide veterinary care to a dog suffering from a neck wound that became so infected that it compromised the dog's ability to breath, the Nassau County District Attorney's office said.

Hughes' probation also comes with an order barring him from owning animals for five years.

The incident happened in March of last year. The pit bull-mix named "Snowball" was adopted by private citizens following several surgeries.

Hughes' wife, Shawanna, was sentenced in May to 30 days in jail and three years of probation on a different animal cruelty charged related to Snowball.

According to the DA's office, Shawanna had failed to provide veterinary care between October 2012 through December 2012 for a severe injury suffered by the dog. She has also been banned from owning animals for five years.

The Hugheses are also accused in a separate animal cruelty case involving a veterinary assistant and a 7-month-old puppy named "Miss Harper."

Miss Harper pit bull puppy
Miss Harper (credit: Nassau County SPCA)

The Nassau County couple is accused of using a friend, veterinary technician Reginald Smith, to cut off the puppy's ears, likely with scissors, the New York State Attorney General's office said.

The complaint against the suspects said they then put rubber bands and socks on Miss Harper's hind legs to prevent her from scratching. That caused the blood to not properly circulate to her legs.

The Hugheses allegedly illegally payed the vet tech hundreds of dollars to amputate one of the pup's legs, WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported in February.

All three were charged with various counts of animal cruelty, practicing veterinary medicine without a license and conspiracy in that case.

Miss Harper was put up for adoption after receiving care by veterinarians.

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