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Kennel Attendant Charged In Connection With Puppy Found In L.I. Dumpster

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A Maltese-mix authorities say was found in a dumpster in West Islip. (credit: Suffolk County SPCA)

A Maltese-mix authorities say was found in a dumpster in West Islip. (credit: Suffolk County SPCA)

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WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A kennel attendant at a suburban animal shelter has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after a 1-year-old puppy was found matted and dirty in a commercial dumpster.

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Michael Papini was arrested Friday. The 30-year-old Town of Islip Animal Shelter employee was also charged with animal abandonment. He’ll be arraigned Saturday.

Authorities said the female Maltese-mix was found wearing a pink collar and leash in a commercial dumpster outside a gas station in West Islip on Monday. They believe the pooch chewed her way out of a plastic bag. She was taken to an animal hospital.

Papini was being held overnight. His arraignment was scheduled for Saturday.

Lawyer information for Papini wasn’t immediately available. There wasn’t a phone number registered at his Lindenhurst address.

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