One week after a 17-week-old puppy was rescued from a dumpster at Captree State Park, a Mineola man has been charged with abandoning it, Suffolk police said.
"Louie," a white, fluffy, blue-eyed Pomsky — a cross between a Pomeranian and a husky — was brought to the Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville on March 15 by a woman who found him in the dumpster that evening, police said.
The puppy was found to be in good health, police said.
After an investigation, police said they determined that Louie had been left by his owner with Thami Stafyleras, 44.
Stafyleras had agreed to care for Louie while the owner, an acquaintance who lives in Huntington Station, was away, the police said.
Stafyleras was charged with abandonment of an animal on Monday. He is expected to be arraigned on April 9.
Louie will be returned to his owner, police said.