ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- State Police say a North Country man who was charged with more than 20 counts of animal cruelty earlier this year has been arrested again after a dog died at the New York State Fairgrounds after being left inside a car.
Investigators were called to the Red Cross Parking Lot across from the grounds around 2 p.m. Monday where they found a black lab seizing and barely breathing. Troopers got into the car and tried to cool the animal, but it was too late.
Patrick Oneill, 66, from Massena, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Troopers say he left the dog in the vehicle for more than four hours while he attended the fair.
Unfortunately this problem is more common than one might think.
"We do get a lot of reports of people walking to and from their cars notifying us that there's some dog in there, but we have a plan in place. We work with AAA or State Farm help vehicles. They will open the car for us," said Jack Keller of the New York State Police.
This isn't the first time the suspect has been on the wrong side of an alleged abuse case. In May, Oneill was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty after investigators examined horses on his farm on Haverstock Road. Vets had to treat many horses, although investigators did not remove them from the farm.
One of the horses had a skin infection and had to be euthanized.
Investigators monitored the horses to make sure they got the care they needed.