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Islip Town animal shelter employee arrested for throwing dog into dumpster

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Detectives arrested Michael Papini, 30, of Lindenhurst, Long Island on Friday after a surveillance video showed his SUV drive up to a USA gas station in West Islip on Monday morning and dump a black plastic bag in it containing a gray and white Lhasa Apso dog reported Newsday.com.

Papini, a kennel attendant at the Islip Town Animal Shelter, has been charged with felony animal cruelty, two counts of animal abuse, two counts of criminal personation, and one count of petty larceny.

The adorable, sweet dog was discovered Tuesday by a homeless man who had been searching the dumpster. Authorities believe the dog was stuffed inside of a plastic garbage bag which was inside of a cardboard pet carrier. The dog appeared to have chewed her way out of the bag.

Authorities found a microchip on the one-and-a-half-year-old dog and were able to contact her previous owner who told police she knew Papini. The former owner stated she was unable to care for the dog, gave money to Papini to take the dog to the shelter, and that Papini promised the dog would be cared for and sent on to a new home.

According to nbcny.com, a representative from the Islip Animal Shelter issued the following statement:

"This troubling incident in no way reflects the loving and caring treatment for all animals from our many dedicated staff and volunteers. Mr. Papini has been immediately suspended without pay for this alleged act which disturbs all of us at the Town of Islip."

Bail was set at $250.

Except for being matted and dirty, the little pooch is in good health and friendly as could be. It has not been announced if and when the dog will be available for adoption.

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