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01/09/2014 12:18 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Animal Mistreatment Complaints In Chicago Spiked During Deep Freeze

DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser

Story by Alisa Hauser, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:

CHICAGO — Before you think about taking your pooch out to play when temperatures plummet below zero again, or leaving your furry friend on a front porch, be advised that animal lovers are voicing their concerns to authorities.

Calls to the city's Animal Care and Control agency during a three-day period have tripled over the same time last year, officials said Wednesday.

"We have recently seen an increase of inhumane treatment of animals by their owners, most of which are weather-related," said Brad Powers, a spokesman for Chicago Animal Care and Control.

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