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Long Beach women in animal cruelty case set for Tennessee hearing

January 23, 2012 |  6:25 pm

Bonnie Sheehan, left, and Pamela A. King-McCracken were booked on animal cruelty charges.
Two Long Beach dog rescuers who were charged with felony animal cruelty after they were found with 140 dogs crammed into a U-Haul truck and minivan in Tennessee are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Bonnie Sheehan, 55, and Pamela A. King-McCracken, 59, were arrested last week after they were stopped by a state trooper on a highway east of east of Memphis, authorities said.

For years, the women operated Hearts for Hounds, a well-known and well-regarded dog boarding facility in Long Beach, city officials said. They were headed for Virginia to hold dog auctions.

Sheehan and King-McCracken face one felony count each of aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the Jan. 17 incident, said Dist. Atty. Gen. Mike Dunavant, whose office is prosecuting the case.

He told the Times that the women were hauling one cat and 140 dogs, one of which was found dead.

The women were pulled over by a state trooper and task force under the jurisdiction of the Shelby County district attorney general's office. The office said 21 dogs were in the van, and the others were crammed into the back of the truck with no food or water, amid unsanitary conditions.

The office had said in a news release that the women were charged with 128 counts of animal cruelty. But Dunavant said they were charged only with one felony count each.


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Photo: Bonnie Sheehan, left, and Pamela A. King-McCracken are charged with felony animal cruelty in Tennessee. Credit: WDBJ7.com