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Chicago woman charged after leaving 5 dogs in car for nearly 6 hours

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Five dogs were left unattended for more than five hours while Maureen Gaffney, 51, was at a Bucktown neighborhood bar on Friday, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Saturday morning. The dogs were without heat, food and water while Gaffney’s vehicle was parked in the 2400 block of North Artesian Avenue.

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Someone saw the woman park at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon and called authorities approximately six hours later. Police had Chicago Fire Department personnel open the car door by force after police were notified. The dogs were then taken to the Chicago Animal Care and Control facility.

The woman reportedly said her dogs go with her everywhere – and also claimed that she loves dogs. Even though it got down to the upper 30s, temperature-wise, Gaffney said it wasn’t all that cold for leaving the dogs in the car. Authorities disagreed.

After Gaffney – who resides in Chicago in the 2600 block of West North Avenue - was eventually found along Fullerton Avenue, she was charged under the owner’s duties portion of Illinois’ Humane Care for Animals Act. She is to appear in court on the charges on May 1.

Gaffney said she was watching a relative perform at Quencher’s bar near Western and Fullerton on the city’s West Side. One can only assume the woman who has great stamina for the cold attended a very long performance.

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