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Dog owner clashes with community after allegedly leaving pets outside

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Three-year-old Lexie outside on Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Nicole McKay) Three-year-old Lexie outside on Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Nicole McKay)
Animal control visiting the house. (Photo courtesy of Nicole McKay) Animal control visiting the house. (Photo courtesy of Nicole McKay)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A picture of three year old Lexie huddled outside in the snow during the sub-zero temperatures is sparking outrage on Facebook.

The neighbor who took the picture, called police, who were also contacted by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey.

"She had contacted various city offices and got no response and somebody told her to contact me because of my work on animal issues," said Fritchey.

Fritchey owns a dog.

After Tuesday night's phone call, he posted a message on Facebook saying, "I got an e-mail from a constituent about some ****** who has left their dogs outside for the last two nights. NOT acceptable and I don't even know how those poor dogs survived."

The concerned commissioner drove by the West Town home to see for himself.

"I saw a dog shivering in the cold in a gangway between two houses. Stayed out there for a while and the dog was unattended the whole time," said Fritchey.

Fox 32's Tisha Lewis talked to the dog's owner on the phone Wednesday. She said she's being unfairly attacked and told the website DNAInfo.com that the dogs are furry.

Another neighbor says she always sees the dogs indoors.

Another neighbor, Angela Ontiveros, says she always sees the dogs inside.

Extended periods outside in the frigid temperatures is dangerous for Fido.

"Really when it's extreme temperatures like this you want to let them go outside just to use the bathroom and come right back inside," said Dr. Barbara Hanek, a veterinarian at PAWS Chicago.

"This should serve as a reminder that this is not weather for animals to be left outside for any substantial amount of time," said Fritchey.

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