Police Officer Arrested for Dumping His Emaciated Dog in a Trash Bag

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Last November, a woman walking her dog came across what looked like an ordinary garbage bag, but they soon discovered it contained an emaciated pit bull.  The dog belonged to Philadelphia police officer Michael Long, who has now been arrested and suspended with intent to dismiss.

Barbara Adams was walking her springer spaniel, Samson, in the Wissahickon Valley Park the day before Thanksgiving.  Samson led her over to a black trash bag and wouldn’t stop sniffing at it.  Adams began looking more closely and noticed a bony head peeking out.



“I could tell it was so sad and at the same time so thankful to be found,” she told The Philadelphia Inquirer.  “She wasn’t moving.  There was so much sadness in her eyes.”

The poor lass, at least 20 pounds underweight, was taken to the Pennsylvania SPCA and named Cranberry in honor of the impending holiday.  She was adopted just after Christmas, and spent the next few months after her rescue recuperating.  A Facebook page was created to keep people up to date on her progress, and it’s easy to see that she is in a safe, loving environment.



However, she should have been all along, as it has been reported that the officer, listed as Mikel Long on Facebook, apparently brought her in as a stray while on duty and then adopted her.  She was microchipped and had been wrapped in a sheet inside the bag.

“There was a search warrant that we executed in a very short period of time and we discovered a sheet that matched the sheet that was recovered from Cranberry,” Nicole Wilson, director of Humane Law Enforcement for the PSPCA told The Inquirer.



The Philadelphia Police Department ensured that charges were brought against the 11-year veteran, and just today the PSPCA made a statement that he had “been charged with two misdemeanors for animal cruelty, one misdemeanor for possession of an instrument of a crime, and one summary charge of animal cruelty.”

“This arrest today is the culmination of an investigation conducted by our officers and the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Unit,” Wilson said. “We look forward to the opportunity to see justice through the courts in this matter.”



9 thoughts on “Police Officer Arrested for Dumping His Emaciated Dog in a Trash Bag”

  1. Misdemeanors???!!! REALLY??!! Leaving a pet to DIE!! Had this been a regular citizen it would be felonies!! What garbage!! If this asshole had arrested someone for this they’d throw the book at them as they do!! Michael Vick type shit!! Officer Michael Long aka Mikel Long, per Facebook, ones a cop gets misdemeanors one isn’t Michael Vick gets prison, WTF??!! This IS U.S. justice REALLY???!!! Law enforcement ARE to be held to a HIGHER standard what happen to THAT??!! Oh ya right ONLY in theory, huh??

    • I agree with your outrage. However the charge is consistent across the board. Thr law is notbmaleable depending on the person. Viks crime was a felony. This was likely a misdemeanor because it wasnt dog figjt related and thrbdog survived. Regardless, its disgusting what that “man” did.

  2. This is the sadest thing I’ve come across yet . And he was a cop. This is a joke. Please hold this man accountable for his actions. Please set an example out of him. And for those singling out race. This isn’t about color. This scumbag starved this poor dog almost to death. And to the lady that found this poor dog . Thank you and may god bless you for saving this poor dog. Bless your heart this world needs more people like you. And to the animal responsible for starving this poor dog. I hope that you get everything that you got coming to you and I also hope that you feel every bit of it you scum bag.


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