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NY shelter worker arraigned in dog-dumping case
Central Islip, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island shelter worker has been arraigned on animal-cruelty and abuse charges after a dog was found matted and dirty in a commercial trash bin.
Thirty-year-old kennel attendant Michael Papini was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip.
Newsday reports (http://bit.ly/1ei5f3w ) that Papini was ordered held on $250 cash bail or $500 bond. He did not enter a plea.
Authorities say the female Maltese mix was found wearing a pink collar and leash in a trash bin outside a gas station in West Islip on Monday.
Papini was identified as the suspect after news outlets aired surveillance footage showing a driver dumping a black plastic bag at the gas station.
Lawyer information for Papini wasn't immediately available. There wasn't a phone number registered at his Lindenhurst address.