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Woman charged with leaving dog outside to freeze

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Tracy Cherry. (Photo courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office) Tracy Cherry. (Photo courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A south suburban woman has been charged with leaving her pit bull outside, where the dog died, during the brutal cold spell in early January.

Calumet Park resident Tracy Cherry, 46, was charged Monday with misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and failing owner's duties, a statement from the Cook County Sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's police learned the dog had been put outside on the afternoon of Jan. 5—when the low was minus one degree—and left outdoors for 12 hours, the sheriff's office said.

Cherry found the pit bull dead on Jan. 6, which was reported as the coldest day of the year so far, with a low of 15 below zero.

On Jan. 16, after receiving a tip, the sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit went to an apartment building in the 1400 block of West 123rd Street and found the dog dead in a doghouse outside, the sheriff's office said.

An autopsy revealed the 9-year-old white pit bull died of hypothermia, police said. Police arrested Cherry Jan. 20.

She will next appear in court on Feb. 3 in Markham.

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