Policeman charged; his dog found in trash bag dumped in park

This Jan. 26, 2017, photo provided by a Malvern, Pa., resident who recently adopted a dog now named Cranberry shows the female pit bull mix in her new home in Malvern. Philadelphia police officer Michael Long, an 11-year veteran of the force who is accused of putting the dog in a trash bag and dumping it in a park, was arrested Thursday, March 23, 2017, on animal cruelty and related misdemeanor charges, according to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (AP Photo)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia policeman has been accused of putting his adopted dog in a trash bag and dumping it at a park.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Officer Michael Long was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty and related misdemeanor charges.

A passer-by came upon the trash bag Nov. 23 and noticed a dog’s head visible inside. Animal welfare officers took the emaciated pit bull mix to a shelter for medical care.

This Nov. 23, 2016, photo provided by Barbara Adams via the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, shows the emaciated dog she noticed inside a trash bag that day in Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police officer Michael Long, an 11-year veteran of the force accused of dumping the dog in the park, was arrested Thursday, March 23, 2017, on animal cruelty and related misdemeanor charges, according to the PSPCA. Animal welfare officers took the dog to a shelter for medical care, and a Malvern, Pa., resident has since adopted the female pit bull mix and named the dog Cranberry. (Barbara Adams/PSPCA via AP)

The PSPCA says the dog was microchipped and a search of Long’s home turned up a sheet that matched one inside the trash bag.

The 3-year-old dog is named Cranberry. The dog has recovered and been adopted.

Police say Long has been suspended with the intent to dismiss.

Long can’t be reached for comment because there’s no listed telephone number for him.

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