ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A large crowd gathered at Geddes Town Court as a man accused of animal cruelty was arraigned.
Patrick O'Neill was charged with cruelty after he allegedly left his dog inside a vehicle while he visited the state fair for several hours. The dog didn't survive.
O'Neill entered a not guilty plea in court Monday.
Animal advocates at the courthouse are calling for a tougher stance on cruelty crimes, saying they want justice for dogs like the one who died in a car in a parking lot. They would like to see animal cruelty laws be written into the penal code.
"These animals are victims, they cannot speak for themselves. We have to be there to represent them," said animal advocate Janice Wilson.
It's not the first time O'Neill has been in trouble for animal cruelty. He faced charges in St. Lawrence County after investigators looked into allegedly malnourished horses on his property.