BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities are continuing to look for a miniature poodle they say a Long Island animal shelter worker released on a street.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was searching around Babylon Monday for the cream-colored dog named Bailey. They believe Islip Town kennel attendant Michael Papini let Bailey loose Dec. 23 on Cooper Street.
Authorities say Bailey and a Maltese mix were given to Papini to put up for adoption. Authorities say he dumped the 1-year-old Maltese mix in a commercial trash bin in West Islip. That dog was found and is OK.
The Suffolk SPCA announced a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Bailey’s recovery.
The 30-year-old Papini was arraigned Saturday on animal cruelty and other charges. He didn’t enter a plea.
His lawyer, Mary Beth Abbate, described the charges against Papini as out of character.
Papini has been suspended from his job at the shelter.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- 1/16 CBS2 Monday Morning Weather Headlines
- Staten Island Woman Fighting To Keep Pet Pig
- Suspect Shot By Police Following Suffolk County Car Chase Charged
- Westchester Police Searching For Suspect In Armed Attacks
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)