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Lawndale man arrested for leaving his two dogs in SUV in below zero weather

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Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Manuel Gaitan, of Chicago's Lawndale section, held in lieu of $40,000 bond on Sunday after his arrest for allegedly leaving his two dogs with no food or water in his SUV during subzero temperatures last week according to

Gaitan, 46, who had been living in his car, had apparently deserted the automobile on the 4200 block of West Arthington Street; the snow on the vehicle had been left untouched. Temperatures at O'Hare International Airport were reported to be at 16 degrees below zero.

The two dogs were discovered living in the vehicle when a police officer heard their barks. A four-year-old mixed breed dog and a three-year-old Akita/German shepherd mix had been left in the vehicle for four days with no food or water. Both dogs had defecated in the car.

Gaitan has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and has also been cited for failing to obtain licenses and not having proof of rabies vaccinations.

Both dogs showed signs of malnutrition. The dogs are being cared for at Chicago Animal Care and Control.

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