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More than 100 animals found in U-Haul truck

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More than 100 animals were found locked inside a U-Haul truck during a traffic stop in Fayette County today. 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. 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.

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