Calumet Park woman charged after dog freezes to death
January 27, 2014 2:38PM
Tracy Cherry, 46, was charged with animal cruelty for the death of a pitbull, who she allegedly left out in the cold | Photo courtesy of Cook County Sheriff's Office
Updated: March 3, 2014 1:08PM
A Calumet Park woman left her pit bull outside during the brutal cold spell earlier this month, police said, and then left its frozen body in its doghouse until police found it more than a week later.
Tracy Cherry, 46, of the 1400 block of West 123rd Street, was charged Monday with misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and failing owner’s duties in connection with the incident, 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 1 degree — and left outdoors for 12 hours, the statement 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.
After receiving a tip, the sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit went to an apartment building Jan. 16 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.
Cherry is next due in court on Feb. 3 in Markham.
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