MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – Two women caught in Fayette County with more than 100 dogs stuffed in a U-Haul were expected to appear in court today, but there's been a change.
Bonnie Sheehan and Pamela King-McCracken were facing 30 felonies. However, the two might receive a break.
In fact, all 30 felony charges against one of the women were dropped. And the other woman could plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Originally, the U-Haul was stopped because it was following too closely, but what police found might have been 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.
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.