Dog left in hot car at State Fair dies

A two-year-old labrador died in a hot car at the State Fair Monday. State Police say the animal was left in the vehicle sometime after 10:00 a.m.

State Police arrested 66-year-old Patrick J. O'Neil of Massena for leaving his female labrador for more than four hours in his car while he was at the State Fair.

State Police were called to the Red Cross parking lot across from the Fairgrounds just after 2pm on Monday afternoon on a reported animal cruelty abuse.

Upon arrival, Troopers observed a male standing over a black labrador who was seizing and barely breathing.

Troopers tried cooling down the dog with water and ice, but it died at the scene. The outside air temperature Monday was in the mid-80's.

O'Neil was arrested on the Agricultural and Markets Law - Section 353, a class "A" misdemeanor. He will appear in the Town of Geddes Court on September 16 at 5:30pm. On Monday evening it was learned O'Neil was arrested in May and charged with animal neglect becuase 22 horses on his farm were in bad condition.