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Illinois woman charged for allowing dog to freeze to death

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On Monday, a Calumet Park, Ill., woman, accused of leaving her dog outside in subzero temperatures, was charged with animal cruelty and failing owner's duties.

The nine-year-old pit bull, who belonged to 46-year-old Tracy Cherry, did not survive his lengthy time outside in the frigid conditions.

According to a press release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the situation was revealed by someone who reported a tip on Jan. 16 about a dog who was found dead in a dog house outside of an apartment in the 1400 block of West 123rd Street.

An investigation into the incident revealed that the senior dog has been outside for 12 hours on Jan. 5, the day that he died - the low temperature that day was recorded at -1 degree.

The investigation showed that Cherry found the dog's body on Jan. 6.

A necropsy performed on the dog revealed the hypothermia was the cause of death.

Cherry scheduled to appear at the Markham Courthouse on Feb. 3.

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