A dog owner from Staten Island who left his two dogs in a hot car for hours is alleged to have told police he was drunk and forgot about the dogs on Saturday afternoon.
According to the New York Post, Kenneth Schnabel, 54, owned the two dogs and left them locked inside of his vehicle in Bensonhurst. Good Samaritans, Geri Badolato and Marc Liverman, noticed the dogs clawing and barking at the window of the car and called 911. Saturday’s temperatures soared into the high 80s, and by the time police arrived, both dogs had to be administered oxygen and rushed to a local animal hospital.
CbsNews reports the following eyewitness account of the near fatal situation:
“The big dog came out, he was OK. The little dog — terrible… His tongue was hanging. Right away, put him in the backseat of the car, and they went away with sirens going,” stated Geri. “The heat was really tremendous in that car, you know windows shut — it had to be an inferno in there,” Charlie added.
Schnabel was located a short time later telling police the dogs had been in the automobile for hours and he forgot because he was drunk. He has been charged with the criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated cruelty to an animal, neglect of an impounded animal and leaving an animal in a vehicle in extreme temperatures.
The larger dog was reported to be doing fine, however the small dog’s condition had been listed as critical. Updates to follow.
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