(CBS) MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two women who run an animal rescue operation are facing aggravated animal cruelty charges after police found more than 100 dogs and one cat crammed in the back of a U-Haul truck without food, water or sufficient air.
The New York Daily News reports that Bonnie Sheehan, 55 and Pamela A. King-McCracken, 59, were arrested in Fayette County, Tennessee on Tuesday after a cop making a traffic stop noticed a bad smell and discovered 128 dogs and a cat suffering in the back of the truck.
According to NBC affiliate WMC-TV one of the dogs was dead. Police said the cages were stacked on top of each other, each holding four or five dogs covered in their own feces.
"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.
The dogs had been locked in the truck and van since Saturday without food or water, police said.
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.
The SPCA is providing temporary emergency shelter for the dogs.