Woman caught with U-Haul filled with puppies speaks out on animal cruelty charges

(WMC-TV) - One of the women charged in Memphis with animal cruelty after more than 100 dogs were found crammed inside a U-haul on the interstate is finally talking about the ordeal.

Bonnie Sheehan was one of the women driving the truck. She told the Contra Costa Times that the cross country trip from California to Virginia was an effort to end her lifetime passion for rescuing animals and begin a new phase in her life.

Sheehan says she used her last savings to buy a farm in Huddleston, Virginia, where she could keep the dogs until they were adopted.

Instead, she and her friend, Pamela King-McCracken, were arrested in Memphis.

According to the Contra Costa Times, Sheehan was possibly the most well-known dog rescuer in Long Beach, California.

But, she says the adoption business dried up there, hence her decision to get out of the business and move.

Now, she awaits her court date in Memphis on 15 counts of animal cruelty.

Sheehan says the charges are what sting the most. She claims that anyone who knows her knows that she would never hurt an animal.

Right now, she is back in the Long Beach area with no money, no job, and no real plan of what to do next. She might move to Virginia, where McCracken is now living.

Sheehan's trial is set for June.

She was offered a plea deal of five years probation with the stipulation that she could never again own animals, but that is something she says she could not accept.

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