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Man accused of leaving dog in car to die at State Fair has final pre-trial conference set

A final pre-trial conference has been scheduled for the man accused of leaving a black Labrador retriever unattended in a car at the State Fair, which State Police say led to the dog's death.
Patrick Oneill (Photo courtesy of New York State Police)
Patrick Oneill (Photo courtesy of New York State Police)
Geddes (WSYR-TV) - A final pre-trial conference has been scheduled for the man accused of leaving a black Labrador retriever unattended in a car at the State Fair, which State Police say led to the dog's death.

Patrick Oneill of Massena is scheduled to be back in the Town of Geddes Court in January.

Oneill did not have any comment in court on Monday.

Animal advocates at the courthouse said the length of time the case is taking to go to trial is an injustice.

"Our system is broken and it remains broken. We need to keep on working to do something about it. People need to get on board with this,” said Joan Antczak with the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse.

Oneill is charged with a misdemeanor as part of thee agricultural and markets law.

State Police confirmed that Oneill was charged in May on 22 counts of animal cruelty after they discovered neglected horses on his property.

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