A dog owner from Staten Island who left his two dogs in a hot car for over an hour is alleged to have told police he was drunk and forgot about the dogs on Saturday afternoon. The small dog, a 12-year-old Yorkshire terrier who had been listed in critical condition, didn’t make it and died.
Kenneth Schnabel, 54, the owner of the dogs, had been drinking in the morning and left the pooches locked inside of his vehicle in Bensonhurst. The outside temperature registered at 89 degrees. Good Samaritans spotted the dogs clawing and barking at the window of the vehicle and called 911.
According to the New York Daily News, Schnabel accepted full responsibility.
“Those are my dogs. I f***ed up. I was drunk. I left my car like that,” Schnabel told the police.
NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers tried to save the dogs by cooling them down with water and giving them oxygen. The police then rushed the dogs to the veterinary hospital. The seven-year-old Springer spaniel survived and is expected to recover; not so for the tiny Yorkie.
At Schnabel’s arraignment, he was very upset when told one of his dog’s had died. Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Deanna Himelson told the court the defendant parked his car in front of a fire hydrant and left the doors and windows tightly closed. It is estimated the dogs suffered in the car for 90 minutes before someone called 911.
Schnabel has been battling cancer of the mouth stated his lawyer. His previous records indicate prior arrests for drug possession, robbery and burglary. His bail was set at $10,000.
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