A Massena man has entered a plea in Geddes Town Court after an alleged case of animal cruelty at the State Fair.
Patrick O'Neil appeared without an attorney and a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.
The 66 year old Massena resident is accused of leaving his labrador retriever in a hot car at the State Fair on Labor Day.
Temperatures inside the car reached 100 degrees and the dog died, even after a rescue attempt by State Police. Troopers tried to cool the dog with water and ice after the dog had been locked in the car for at least four hours.
O'Neil is also facing animal cruelty charges in St. Lawrence County. Police there have accused him of neglecting several horses on his property. Four of his horses were found dead back in May and he faces 22 counts of cruelty in that case.