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Man who left dog in hot car to die will not spend time behind bars

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A Massena, N.Y., man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges which stemmed from the death of his dog who was left to die inside of a hot vehicle, will not spend any time behind bars, reported Monday's Syracuse.com.

On Monday, 66-year-old Patrick Oneill was sentenced by Justice Daniel Matthews, to three years of probation for the incident which took place at the New York State Fair last September.

Oneill's dog, "Ali," a Labrador retriever, was left inside of a car for four hours while Oneill and his girlfriend attended the fair. By the time that officials were alerted to the dog's presence, the temperature had climbed to 100 degrees inside of the vehicle and the dog was having seizures.

After Ali's death, 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.

Oneill has other animal cruelty charges outstanding against him - last May, he was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty after neglected horses were discovered on his property in Massena.

Terms of Oneill's probation prohibit him from possessing companion animals, but he currently is able to retain possession of his horses.

Prior story about this incident here.

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