Patrick O'Neill of Massina, N.Y. was arrested on Monday and charged with animal cruelty after he left his two-year-old black Labrador retriever in a hot vehicle for over four hours while he and his girlfriend attended the New York State Fair.
O'Neill arrived at the fair at 10:30 a.m. and returned to his car at 2 p.m. shortly before authorities arrived.
According to Cnycentral.com O'Neill, 66, left the dog named Ali in his vehicle with no water. By the time New York State Police arrived, O'Neill was standing over the dog while the dog was having seizures and barely breathing.
The Syracuse.com reports a group of people who spotted the dog unresponsive slumped on the driver's side floor under the steering wheel, tried to move the window down to gain access to the dog.
Temperatures in the car is reported to have exceeded 100 degrees. There was no water left for Ali.
When the police arrived, they tried to cool the dog down with water and ice, but tragically she died at the scene.
In May, O'Neill was arrested and charged with 22 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for neglecting the horses on his farm at 326 Haverstock Road. Some of the horses were removed and are under the care of a veterinarian. One horse died.
O'Neill has been ordered to appear in the Town of Geddes Court on Sept.16 for animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor, in the death of Ali.
Rest in peace Ali. We are sorry you were let down.
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