Dog owner left dogs in hot car: ‘I was drunk’

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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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20 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Arrest him, throw him in an oven and turn up the heat! See how long he lasts! I hope the little one makes it!

  2. slv says:

    That idiot shouldn’t be able to own a dog or any animal. I think for punishment someone needs to lock him in a hot car for a couple of hours. Maybe he’ll understand how cruel he was.

  3. Dana says:

    Throw his drunk ass in jail.. I’d have to be unconscious before I would forget about my dogs and being drunk does not qualify. He’s clearly not responsible or of right judgment to have animals. Huge fines are in order, he must give up his dogs and he needs to be banned from ever owning another one!

  4. Marni Montanez says:

    That is so great…the woman said they got the dogs in the back seat of the squad car and drove off with sirens blaring. Yes!!!!!!!

  5. Adrienne says:

    If only they would do to this man what Pamela just wrote. Alcoholic and only has his needs and wants in his warped mind. Hope the little fella makes it.

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    I take it he was also driving drunk with the dogs in the car why else would he be able to “forget” them? Prayers for these dogs and please take them away from this moron!

  7. pennysdachshucn says:

    Too bad they don’t given him a transfusion with 100 proof Vodka and put and End to the Alcohol ISSUE one and for ALL.. and if both dogs recover they should be removed and this Chronic Intoxicated Moronic Bastard !!! NEVER allowed to Torture and own another animal ( even a cockroach)!!

  8. Jan Barnes says:

    Fortunately, “hell” will be a lot hotter than the car was, so he will feel the heat and burn for eternity!

  9. Dinosmom says:

    Once someone saw the dogs suffering did they have to wait for police to arrive? Couldn’t they break a window immediately?

  10. Red says:

    Why in the world would you take your pets with you if you were going drinking?!?!?!? THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER……..throw his/her nasty butt in jail! They chose booze over the babies. No sympathy….none.


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