Shelter worker arraigned on animal-cruelty charges for leaving dog in trash bin

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Dog left in dumpster

A local shelter worker left the dog in a trash dumpster. (SUFFOLK SPCA)

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — 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.

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.


  • Patty Hayes

    "Papini’s lawyer, Mary Beth Abbate, said she has not seen any proof that Papini is guilty."
    LOL…defense lawyers…"who are you going to believe? Me or your lyin' eyes." LOL

  • Gloria

    Only makes you think how many more animals this creep disposed of????? God, Please touch his heart and any others who do this to any being, human or otherwise. That they may choose a different path of love, compassion, and care.

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