NEW INFO: 3 Lakeview Pets Perish After Being Abandoned, Police Say

New information has emerged regarding an animal abuse and neglect case that was discovered in the 500 block of West Belmont recently.

Laserko | Chicago Police Dept

22-year-old Christina Laserko is accused of cruelty to animals and failure to perform animal owner duties, police said.

A building engineer who was working to fix a leak on December 23 entered Laserko’s seventh-floor apartment at 505 West Belmont and found what he believed to be two dead dogs in “deplorable conditions,” according to court records and a police source.

Now, police say that Laserko left her apartment in September 2016 and did not return to care for the animals.

Three pets perished from neglect: A pit bull breed named “Vinny” and two cats, “Georgia Moon” and “Champ,” according to court records.

A Chicago Police Department gang and animal crimes investigation team said in court records that Laserko admitted to leaving the animals behind.

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