Two arrested with 7 dogs in trunk, police say

CHICAGO, IL -- Two men have been charged with animal cruelty after Chicago police say they found seven dogs in the trunk of a vehicle on the city's North Side.

Police were responding to an animal abuse call around 12:30pm Friday in the 100 block of East Chestnut Street.

Hugo Santa Maria, 28, of California; and Vito Stramaglia, 47, of Ohio; were subsequently identified as offenders and charged with one count each of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The dogs were turned over to Animal Care and Control.
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