Dog rescuers arrested and charged with cruelty 

Authorities charged two Long Beach dog rescuers with felony animal cruelty after they were found with 140 dogs in a U-Haul truck and minivan in Tennessee.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/yeqeY3 ) says Bonnie Sheehan and Pamela A. King-McCracken were arrested on Jan. 17 after they were stopped by a state trooper east of Memphis.

The women are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

The women, who were headed for Virginia to hold dog auctions, operated Hearts for Hounds, a well-known dog boarding facility in Long Beach.

Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Mike Dunavant says Sheehan and King-McCracken face one felony count each of aggravated animal cruelty. He says animals were crammed into the back of the truck with no food or water. One dog was found dead.

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