December 29, 2013

Animal shelter worker accused of abandoning dog in trash bin

The kennel attendant in Central Islip, N.Y., faces charges of animal cruelty and abuse.

The Associated Press

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A Long Island shelter worker has been arraigned on animal-cruelty and abuse charges after a dog was found matted and dirty in a commercial trash bin.

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This female Maltese mix dog was found in a West Islip, N.Y., trash bin.

The Associated Press

Thirty-year-old kennel attendant Michael Papini was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip.

Papini was ordered held on $250 cash bail or $500 bond. He did not enter a plea.

Authorities say the female Maltese mix was found in a trash bin outside a gas station in West Islip on Monday.

Papini was identified as the suspect after news outlets aired surveillance footage showing a driver dumping a plastic bag at the gas station.

Prosecutors said he 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.

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