The search is continuing for Bailey, a 5-year old cream-colored male miniature poodle dumped from a car on Cooper St.in Babylon, NY as part of a bizarre case of cruelty by an Islip Town animal shelter worker, also accused of dumping a live 1-1/2 year old female Lhasa apso in a trash bin at a local gas station.
The worker, Michael Papini, 30, had been paid $250 by a woman who asked him to deliver the pair of pooches to the shelter. But instead, he just threw them away.
“It’s really a miracle, a million-to-one shot” that the dog survived, said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “It’s like buying a lottery ticket and winning.”
The Lhasa (nicknamed Miracle by authorities) was discovered by a dumpster diver after it had chewed its way out of a plastic garbage bag. The dog is now being cared for at the Bayshore shelter. But Bailey’s fate is still to be determined, and Suffolk County, NY SPCA officials have begun putting up reward posters offering $500 for his recovery, as well as canvassing the area door-to-door in case someone found him and took him in.
In the meantime, Panini has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty, abandonment of animals, petty larceny and other crimes. He is currently out on $250 bail.
Anyone with information about the case or Bailey’s whereabouts can contact the SPCA at 631 382-7722.