LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The founder of the Long Beach Hearts For Hounds Dog Rescue and another woman are in a Tennessee jail on animal cruelty charges.
Police say officers pulled over a U-Haul towing a minivan outside Memphis Tuesday and found 128 dogs and one cat in deplorable conditions without food or water.
Bonnie Sheeman, 55, and her passenger, Pamela King-McCracken, 59, were arrested. The women told police they were moving the animal shelter to Roanoke, Virginia.
Two dozen dogs were loose inside the truck and many others were crammed together in animal carriers.
Sheeman founded Hearts For Hounds Rescue in Long Beach in 1997. The organization’s website is down for maintenance, but their Facebook page says they have rescued 12,000 dogs since Hearts For Hounds was founded.