More than 100 animals were found locked inside a U-Haul truck during a traffic stop in Fayette County today.
Pamela King-McCraken, left, and Bonnie Sheehan, photo courtesy the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – More than 100 animals were found stuffed in a truck traveling from California to Virginia Tuesday afternoon and now two women are facing multiple counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Originally, the U-Haul was stopped because it was following too closely, but what police found might be enough to break a dog lover's heart.
"I ain't never seen anything like this," said bystander Eric Clark as he watched more than 100 dogs being unloaded from a U-Haul in Fayette County Tuesday. "Never seen anything like it."
In all, there were 128 dogs crammed three and four to a crate and packed into a U-Haul and a white mini-van, traveling from California to Virginia.
The West Tennessee Drug Task Force's Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped the U-Haul on I-40 at exit 42.
The dog owners, Bonnie Sherman and Pamela King-McCracken, were arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Both women are being held on $100,000 bond and are due back in court later this month.
Investigators say the dogs should not have been transported in that manner, likely had not been fed or walked in days and were living in their own filth.
"The dogs weren't being treated in what appeared to be a normal and regular fashion," said Dave McGriff, of the West Tennessee Drug Task Force.
Police found one dog dead. Rescue groups and veterinarians will assess the others.
The SPCA is providing temporary emergency shelter for the dogs.
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:13 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:13:14 GMT
Two elementary school girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by another female student. One incident happening while the two girls were at school. Two mothers are now speaking out about their daughters.More >>
Two Jackson mothers are speaking out after they say their daughters were sexually assaulted by another female student. One of the incidents allegedly happened at school.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:05:30 GMT
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.A spokesperson for the Mississippi DepartmentMore >>
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:34:55 GMT
Chokwe Lumumba covered a wide range of issues in a one-on-one interview Wednesday evening. Lumumba is the winner of the Democratic Primary runoff for mayor of Jackson and he has a strong chance to winMore >>
Chokwe Lumumba covered a wide range of issues in a one-on-one interview Wednesday. Lumumba is the winner of the Democratic Primary runoff for mayor of Jackson and he has a strong chance to win the June fourth general election.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:00:32 GMT
We've taken numerous calls from taxpayers who are still waiting on their state tax refund. Three on your side went straight to the source to find out why. While 75% of the refund checks have been mailedMore >>
Mississippi's state income tax refunds are a little slow this year. While 75% of the refund checks have been mailed out, thousands of Mississippians are still waiting.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:45:01 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police. An orange circle marks the pointMore >>
A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>