Long Island News
Shelter worker charged with tossing dog in dumpster
WEST ISLIP, N.Y. -- A kennel attendant at a Long Island town's animal shelter has been arraigned on charges of aggravated animal cruelty after a 1-year-old puppy was found matted and dirty in a commercial dumpster.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Michael Papini was arrested Friday. The 30-year-old Town of Islip Animal Shelter employee was also charged with animal abandonment.
Papini was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip.
Newsday reports that Papini was ordered held on $250 cash bail or $500 bond.
Authorities say the female Maltese-mix was found wearing a pink collar and leash in a commercial dumpster outside a gas station in West Islip on Monday. They believe the pooch chewed her way out of a plastic bag. She was taken to an animal hospital.
Prosecutors said Papini also abandoned a second dog who is still missing.
Papini's lawyer, Mary Beth Abbate, said she has not seen any proof that Papini is guilty.___
long island news, long island, animal shelter, animal abuse, dog, west islip, long island news
- Police search for missing 11-year old Brooklyn boy
- AccuWeather: Changeable Week
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door
- Cherry Hill Mall parking dispute turns violent
- Man found shot to death in Bronx apartment
- Crash on Garden State Parkway leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt
- Squatters flee fire in Paterson; 2 vacant buildings gutted 7 min ago
- Liam Neeson tours stables amid carriage horse debate 54 min ago
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets daylight saving time wrong 51 min ago
- Toddler's FaceTime saves mother after dog bite
- Antonio Cromartie released by Jets
- Rangers top Red Wings 3-0 in Lundqvist's 300th win