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Chicago woman charged for animal neglect after leaving dogs locked in car

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Maureen Gaffney, 51, was charged with neglecting "owner's duties" on Friday in the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown after leaving her five dogs locked in her car for six hours while she was at a local bar reported the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the five "small" dogs were left in their owner's car on the 2400 block of North Artesian Ave. with no heat, food, or water.

A witness saw Gaffney leave her car about 4:30 p.m. and at 10:30, worried about the welfare of the dogs, called authorities. The fire department was called to open up the car doors to free the dogs.

The dogs were taken to the Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Gaffney told authorities she loves her dogs and takes them everywhere. She disagreed with police that the temperatures were too cold for the dogs. She is scheduled for her first court appearance on May 1.

It is not clear if the dogs were returned to their owner.

Gaffney was attending a relative's performance at a nearby bar.

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