Update 9/17/13: According to YNN News, Oneill pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court on September 16.
On Monday, a man attended the New York State Fair with his girlfriend, leaving his dog locked inside of his parked car to die, reported the Syracuse Post Standard.
After four, agonizing hours inside of the vehicle, 66-year-old Patrick J. Oneill's dog, a female Labrador retriever, was having seizures from the intense heat.
Responding police officers, called to the scene by parking lot attendants, tried to cool the dog, named "Ali," with water and ice, but their efforts were not able to undo the damage of having been left inside of the sweltering vehicle, which registered 100 degrees inside.
One of the responding officers, Trooper Jack Keller stated:
He said he thought it would be OK to leave his dog,
About four hours later he goes back to check on the dog, and the dog is having seizures.
The parked car, which became a virtual oven on wheels, had just one window, slightly cracked, for the dog who was trapped inside.
Oneill is facing a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty for the death of his dog; it is not the first time that he has faced such charges.
This past May, he was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty after neglected horses were discovered on his property in Massena.
Oneill is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16.
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