Puppy rescued from West Islip dumpster gets adopted

Kristin Thorne reports from Islip.
February 14, 2014 4:32:37 AM PST
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a dog abandoned in a dumpster on Long Island is getting a new start in a loving home.

The dog dubbed Miracle after she was found in the trash in West Islip on Christmas Eve headed to her new forever home Thursday.

The Lhasa apso puppy went home with Hazel Wagner and her mother after making a full recovery at the Islip Animal Shelter.

She got a basket of dog toys and treats to celebrate her new family.

A kennel attendant at the animal shelter, 30-year old Michael Papini, was charged with dumping the dog and faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty and animal abandonment.

West Islip resident James Luccisano was the one who called police after his friend showed him the pup.

"She wouldn't respond, we were tapping on the dumpster but she wouldn't respond," he said. "I really thought she was done for."

Police scoured the gas station's surveillance camera footage and discovered video of a man putting the dog into the dumpster.

"The dog was very docile," said Det. Paul Llobell of the Suffolk SPCA. "It's a lovely pet. A lovely dog."