Man Arrested for Mistreating a Puppy

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Suffolk County Police last night arrested a man for abandoning a puppy in a dumpster in Babylon on March 15, 2021.

A 59-year-old woman found a dog in a dumpster at Captree State Park on March 15, 2021 at approximately 5:30 p.m. The woman brought the dog to Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville and called 911 to report the incident.


Following an investigation by Fifth Precinct Crime Section officers, it was determined that Thami Stafyleras abandoned the puppy in the dumpster. Stafyleras had agreed to care for the puppy while the owner, an acquaintance living in Huntington Station, was away.


Stafyleras, 44, of 100 Clinton Ave., Mineola, was charged with Abandonment of an Animal. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.

The puppy, a 17-week-old Pomsky named Louie, is in good health and will be returned to his owner.


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