Cranberry when she was found

Former Philadelphia Police Officer, pleads guilty in case involving Cranberry, the dog dumped in trash bag in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park in 2016

Long pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty

Philadelphia, PA (March 15, 2018) – The Pennsylvania SPCA announces that Michael Long of the 8200 block of Michener Avenue, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection to the dog Cranberry, who was found dumped in a trash bag at Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park on November 23, 2016.

Long, a former Philadelphia Police Officer, 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. He was arrested for this crime nearly one year ago on Thursday, March 23, 2017 after the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Team’s investigation led them to Long.

In pleading guilty, Long will serve one year of probation, and has agreed to never own a dog again. He was previously suspended from his job with the Philadelphia Police Department with intent to dismiss.

Cranberry was found by a Good Samaritan on a hike with her family dog the Tuesday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016. The Good Samaritan and her dog came upon a garbage bag and as they got closer found a dog’s head was visible. The Good Samaritan called the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team who sent two officers to the scene to rescue the dog and bring it back to the shelter to receive the medical care it needed.

Cranberry was found to be in emaciated condition, and was cared for by the PSPCA’s Shelter Hospital team. She made a full recovery, and found a loving forever home, where she has been living since December 2016.

“The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Team, and everyone who cares about animals and their welfare, should count today’s guilty plea as a victory,” said Nicole Wilson, PSPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “While we may never know why this brutal crime was committed, we have an admission of guilt, and perhaps most importantly, Cranberry’s life was saved. We are proud to report that she now lives in a safe home where she is loved and will never be the victim of such cruelty again.”

The Pennsylvania SPCA would like to thank the Internal Affairs Unit of Philadelphia Police Department for their work on this case.

The PSPCA has set up a donation page to help dogs like Cranberry, and Woobie, a young pitbull who was recently found stabbed and left to die at a Philadelphia area train station:


About the Pennsylvania SPCA

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit