Bay Shore (WALK) - Her survival, discovery and rescue from a Dumpster in West Islip on Christmas Eve was miraculous, and now the dog renamed "Miracle" is ready for a drama-free life in a new home. Maybe yours.
Town of Islip officials are now taking applications to adopt Miracle at the Islip Town Animal Shelter in Bay Shore, continuing through Wednesday.
Miracle (pictured at left) is a 3-year-old cock-a-poo found wrapped in plastic bags and disposed of in a Dumpster behind a West Islip gas station. She was discovered, matted and malnourished, by a homeless man searching for, without irony, redeemables. Miracle was initially thought to be a Lhasa apso.
Miracle is one of two dogs allegedly disposed of by a former Islip Animal Shelter employee. Michael Papini of Babylon is accused of taking $250 from the dog's owner to pay for shelter services. The other dog, a poodle named Bailey, was dumped on a street in Babylon and is still missing, according to authorities.
The case against Papini, 30, is pending. He is charged with a series of crimes including larceny and aggravated animal cruelty, a felony. If convicted on all charges he reportedly faces up to seven years in prison
Applications to adopt Miracle must be made in person at the Islip Animal Shelter, 210 South Denver Avenue, Bay Shore. For information, call (631) 224-5660.
Photo: Suffolk SPCA