Animal shelter employee accused of throwing living dog in dumpster
(CNN) — A shocking crime was caught on camera in New York. An animal shelter employee is accused of stuffing a living dog in a plastic bag and tossing it into a dumpster.
The man is facing animal cruelty chartes, and authorities worry another dog could be in danger.
The dog that was tossed into a dirty dumpster in the back of a gas station in West Islip, New York.
Police arrested 30-year-old Michael Papini, who has been arraigned on felony animal cruelty charges.
“He has no priors, he’s never been arrested before. He’s 30 years old, never in any kind of trouble whatsoever. It seems to be totally out of character from what little I know,” Papini’s attorney, Mary-Elizabeth Abbate said.
Town officials say Papini worked as a kennel cleaner at the Islip Town Animal Shelter. He has since been suspended without pay.
Police say a friend of Papini’s asked him to take the dog and her poodle to the shelter because she could no longer care for them.
Investigators say the woman paid Papini $500 for both dogs, never thinking he wouldn’t keep his end of the deal.
“She paid him a fair amount of money to take the two dogs into the shelter, because that what he told her the shelter charges. She’s very upset and she’s very disturbed over this,” Paul Llobell with the Suffolk Co. NY SPCA said.
Police say the dog was found wearing a pink collar and was placed in a box with holes and then wrapped in a plastic bag.
Police say she was able to chew her way out.
Her fur was matted and she was taken to an animal hospital to be checked out.
After what she’s been through, the shelter has re-named her “Miracle.”
She’s not up for adoption right now, but hundreds of people have been calling the shelter asking to adopt her.
Now, SPCA investigators say they want to know where the other dog is.
It is a tan, five-year-old poodle named Bailey that was taken by Papini at the same time.