Leader of Rescue Charged with Animal Cruelty After 128 Dogs Found in U-HaulPublished January 18, 2012
According to the story on MSNBC, the dogs were the property of a California-based rescue group called Hearts for Hounds. According to their website, they were in the midst of a relocation and were driving from Long Beach, California, to their new location in Virginia. Fortunately, they never made it all the way to Virginia.
West Tennessee authorities pulled the U-Haul over on I-40 to investigate the vehicle for drugs. Instead, they "discovered 128 live dogs, one dead dog and a live cat" inside, the obvious victims of animal cruelty. The animals were dying slowly of starvation and thirst, living in utterly deplorable conditions devoid of any ventilation.
The two women, Bonnie Sheehan and her passenger, Pamela A. King-McCracken, each face 128 counts of animal cruelty for their role in transporting these animals in such abominable conditions.
Sheehan, who is Hearts for Hounds' leader/founder, should have known better than to try transporting animals across the country in these types of conditions. It seems almost ironic that she runs a rescue organization, doesn't it?
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