October 22, 2005--Posted at 11:00 p.m. CST
GAMALIEL--Two people who ran an animal rescue operation in north Arkansas have been arrested after hundreds of dogs, some rescued from Hurricane Katrina, were found on the
couple's property with sores and living in cramped cages.
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says sheriff's deputiesfound one dog dead, another with a broken leg, and many sickly dogs when they executed a search warrant yesterday and arrested the
owners. He estimated that 400 to 500 dogs were on the two-acre lot in rural Baxter County, including 50 pit bulls recently rescued from Louisiana in the aftermath of the hurricane. He said about 75 dogs were running loose.
Forty-one-year-old William Hanson and his wife 38-year-old Tammy Hanson were arrested on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Each posted a one-thousand-dollar bond and were released from custody. The couple were told not to return to their property. The Hansons
could not be reached today for comment.
A sign on the property read E.D.N.A.H. Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The sheriff said volunteers and a veterinarian were tending to the dogs today and the animals may be sent to different
animal shelters and rescue groups around the country. He said his goal is to reunite any pets with their owners.