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Mother Dog Of Abused Puppy On Long Island In Need Of New Home

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The mother dog of an abused pit bull puppy on Long Island is looking for a new home.

Missy is the mother of Miss Harper, a puppy that was found last September with her ears and leg cut off.

The 7-year-old pit bull was turned over to the Nassau County SPCA in April, saving her from euthanasia. The SPCA said she was being used to breed puppies that were then brutally abused.

When she arrived at the SPCA, she was treated for a few medical issues, given all her shots and spayed, the SPCA said.

The SPCA called Missy a very sweet, resilient and affectionate girl who will be happy as the only dog in a home. Officials said all she wants is a loving owner and some attention.

Mom and pup were reunited in April at the Huntington animal hospital, which has been caring for Miss Harper since she was found.

Missy And Miss Harper
Missy (right) and her puppy, Miss Harper (left). (credit: Nassau County SPCA)

Three people were arrested in February and charged with animal cruelty, practicing veterinary medicine without a license and conspiracy in connection with Miss Harper's case.

Lee Hughes, 39, and Shawanna Hughes, 37, are accused of using a friend, who is a veterinary technician, to cut off the puppy's ears, likely with scissors, officials 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 couple is accused of illegally paying the vet tech hundreds of dollars to amputate one of the pooch's legs.

Shawanna and Lee Hughes also have a case pending against them for allegedly putting bleach on a puppy last March.

Thousands of people have already filled out applications to adopt Miss Harper. The SPCA received applications from as far away as Australia.

Those interested in adopting Missy are asked to email the Nassau County SPCA at

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