FAYETTE COUNTY, TN - 128 animals were found locked up in the back of a U-Haul during a traffic stop on I-40.
The West Tennessee Drug Task Force pulled the U-Haul over on I-40 near mile marker 43 in Fayette County Tuesday morning. They found 127 dogs and 1 cat in the cargo area without food or water.
Members of the Fayette County Animal Rescue were called to the scene. According to reports at the scene, the animals were tied to cages with zip ties, appeared underweight, and their fur matted in their own waste. The animals had been in the U-Haul since Saturday.
The two female occupants of the U-Haul claimed they were from an animal rescue group called 'Hearts for Hounds' and were transporting the animals from Long Beach, California to Virginia for an adoption event. The two women, 55-year-old Bonnie Sheehan and 59-year-old Pamela King-McCraken, were both charged with aggravated animal cruelty.Read the full story from our sister station WPTY.