Suffered a series of unlicensed surgeries that left her earless, mutilated and severely infected. Reginald Smith’ a veterinary aid, likely cut off Miss Harper’s ears with a pair of scissors. 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.

Miss Harper was able to overcome all of her injuries. Miss Harper’s story inspired the Nassau County SPCA online registry for convicted animal abusers.

Gigi suffered severe neglect, being low in body weight, deprived of basic veterinary, hygienic and dental care. Her teeth were badly rotted and many were falling out. Her nails were long and twisted, making it difficult for her to walk. Her fur was so badly matted that her collar had to be cut off.

Her owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.


Terry was dropped off by an unknown individual at the Five Towns Animal Hospital. The dog was found to be severely emaciated and too weak to hold her head up. She was about 20 pounds underweight, with open sores on her back and clearly starved and neglected. Terry was later transported to the New York Veterinary Specialty Center for additional treatment, where she later succumbed to renal and kidney failure.

A Long Island man dubbed “bird man” by neighbors was taken to the hospital and his home condemned after authorities found nearly 350 pigeons inside the home. The homeowner had been living for years in more than two feet of bird droppings across all the floors inside the house without running water. The conditions of the home were some of the worst Nassau County SPCA has ever seen. Most, if not all, of the birds were born and raised inside the home and will finally be able to breath in fresh air.

Detectives found Romeo and Damien starved in a basement. Father and son deprived their two dogs of food and water. Both dogs were dehydrated, and emaciated with ribs, spine and hips showing. A veterinarian found both to be underweight, and Romeo had metallic items in his stomach, most likely trying to eat whatever he could find. Both men were arrested and charged with failure to provide proper sustenance.

Bella, an 11 year-old family dog, was brutally beaten with a shovel. Neighbors saw 56 year-old Michael Gallagher put the zip tie around Bella’s neck before putting her into the garbage bag, which he beat with the shovel as neighbors desperately called 911. Bella was taken to a nearby animal hospital for treatment, but her injuries were too extensive. Gallagher was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and torturing or injuring animals.

Twenty-nine cats were rescued from deplorable conditions. The cats were living in a home without power  and covered in urine and feces covering every inch. The cats all required medical attention, many were flea infested and suffering from upper respiratory issues.

More than 400 animals were removed from a squalid home. The Nassau County SPCA says the rescue – dubbed “Operation Noah’s Ark” – lasted eight hours. The raid came after neighbors complained about the noise and smell from one of their neighbors homes. The stench was so bad, investigators put on hazmat suits to enter the house. Animals were living in filthy water and had no access to food or drinking water.

The home contained a free-roaming skunk, turtles in slimy water and bird cages filled with feces. More than 250 birds and over 150 turtles were seized along with four reptiles and a dozen mammals, including rabbits, chinchillas, sugar gliders, and prairie dogs.

More than 100 snakes, alligators and turtles were found in a home in Nassau County. They were found all over the house – inside and outside – in tanks, crates and plastic containers. The reptiles were deprived of food, water and proper habitat. Some of the reptiles are illegal to own and put the community and its pets at risk.

Kona and her 8 pups were found locked in a sweltering trailer of a pickup truck. Kona’s owner was using her to breed puppies for purpose of dog-fighting. Luckily the pups were discovered in early training stages and had not been fully exposed to dog-fighting.

If it weren’t the Nassau County SPCA, these dogs would have endured a lifetime of abuse and suffering. Mom and pups all found loving forever homes.

Forty-five dogs were found in uninhabitable conditions. The dogs were covered in feces, urine and were flea-infested. Conditions were so poor that a hazmat team assisted the Nassau County SPCA in removing the animals from the home. The elderly woman living there was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and the building was condemned.

Practically beaten to death. It’s difficult to imagine someone could harm such a sweet little dog, but her owner did just that, beating and choking her, leaving her with several broken ribs, her forearm broken in two places and a pulmonary contusion. It’s a miracle this little girl is alive and recovering.

A video captured a puppy being forced to drink from a beer keg at an off-campus Hofstra University fraternity house. Although Buddy suffered no injury, the act was inhumane and unacceptable. We removed Buddy from the reckless environment and his irresponsible owner. Nassau County SPCA is currently conducting an investigation on this matter.

UPDATE: Buddy was adopted into a loving home.

We rescued Casey after she was hit by a car and was never given any medical attention. Her injury left her unable to walk. Her owner also failed to provide Casey with proper nutrition, and she was extremely emaciated. We are hoping to get Casey walking again.

Chico was living in a home where he kept being attacked by the other dog. The owner did nothing to prevent these attacks and failed to take Chico to vet after a serious injury that left his paw completely fused backwards. Due to the extended time with this injury unattended, Chico lost his forearm.

Neglected, abused and left without medical care, Diamond nearly lost all hope. Diamond was found severely matted, so much so, that the matting caused her to lose a leg. She had extensive tooth decay leaving her unable to eat properly. Diamond, now Holly, was adopted into an amazing loving home and has made a full recovery.

Fiji, an Argus Monitor lizard, was found roaming nassau county streets. Who knows how long she had gone without proper food and care. Fiji was transferred to a reptile sanctuary where she will live out her life in a habitat where she can flourish.

This family lived there entire life chained up enduring freezing temperatures, scorching heat, rain and snow. Lucy, Conrad, Junior and Tina also lacked proper medical care; overgrown nails, matted fur, eye discharge and Junior (son) had an excessively enlarged scrotum. Upon medical evaluation it was discovered that both father and son had testicular cancer, and mother and daughter were positive for heartworm. With help from Shiba Rescue of NJ, Conrad, Lucy, Junior, and Tina have the care and loving home they were deprived of for years.

This precious girl was found tethered outside in temperatures of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. She was left out with nothing but a towel, shaking from the cold with No shelter, No food, No water. Sadly, Madonna also exhibited signs of long-term neglect, her ribs were protruding through her skin and her body was covered in stains from her own urine and feces.

Six month old Porter was found in a cage in the basement of The Puppy Store in Merrick, unable to walk and deprived of veterinary care. Porter is a victim of the type of neglect and abuse that occurs in pet stores. The Nassau County SPCA conducts pet store inspections in all of Nassau County in efforts to prevent this type of cruelty.

Porter has since been adopted and is enjoying every second of his life with his new family!

When we met these four dogs named Oliver, Winston, Isabelle and Izzy it was to temporarily help their owners who were affected by COVID. At that time, their mom was hospitalized with the virus and her father, who was also battling COVID, was home caring for the dogs.

Normal day-to-day care of the dogs became impossible for him and although difficult to part with his daughter’s dogs (her babies), he knew it was the only way he could get better and help his daughter recover. We assured him they would be waiting right here for her when she got released from the hospital.

A day after we took the dogs in, the father was also hospitalized and sadly, passed away a few days later. We were all so hopeful the daughter would recover and she would have her babies to come home to. Unfortunately that reunion will never happen as Oliver, Winston, Isabel and Izzy lost their mom this past week. They’ve lost everything.

Oliver, Winston, Isabel and Izzy has since been adopted and are enjoying every minute with their new family!

Eleven sick puppies from PUPPY 4 YOU pet store  survive. Most were left with life-long conditions and others with short life expectancies.

Our officers seized nine sick puppies from a delivery truck outside Shake A Paw pet store as part of an ongoing investigation into a pipeline of sick animals being transported out of state for sale on Long Island.