Feedback: Man Charged After Dog Dies Had Previous Cruelty Charges

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A Massena man who was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty several months ago was arrested Monday after his dog died from being in a car in a State Fair parking lot for several hours.

State police say 66 year old Patrick O'Neill allegedly left his 2 year old female black labrador in his car for four hours while he attended the fair.

When they arrived, troopers say a man was standing over the dog, which was having a seizure and barely breathing.

Troopers tried to cool the dog with water and ice, but it died at the scene.

O'Neill was charged with animal cruelty in May for allegedly failing to take care of 22 of his horses on his Haverstock Road farm.

When troopers investigated, they say they found three horse skeletons in a field and a fourth dead horse decomposing inside a barn. Many others were malnourished and suffering from various health problems.

The neighbor who filed the complaint about the horses said Tuesday that she isn't surprised by the latest incident.

"I was appalled when I found out about 'Ally,' Pat's dog. She was a very loyal companion to him. Did it surprise me? No," said Shannon Day-LaClair.

O'Neill was charged Monday under the Agriculture and Markets Law. He was ticketed to appear in Geddes town court at a later date.

"He's unhelpable. The situation over there is a mess and is only going to get worse," Day-LaClair said.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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