U-Hauls carrying 30 animals, 4 dead, dropped at Memphis shelter


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Memphis Animal Services (MAS) center accepted 30 animals on Tuesday, CBS affiliate WREG reported.

Alexis Pugh with MAS said two women in two U-Haul vans showed up on Tuesday morning and said they had been evicted from their home in Jackson and needed to surrender the animals.

Four of the animals, two puppies and two kittens, were dead.

The shelter said they didn't know when the dogs died. Pugh told WREG that there was a strong odor coming from the van.

“We couldn’t wait long because when we opened the van we could tell quickly the conditions were horrible. They were inhumane,” Pugh said. “The heat poured out of the van when we opened it. You could smell the feces and urine. You could see the condition these animals were in.”

WREG reported that police closed down the scene where the animals were surrendered and one woman was in handcuffs. MAS said the woman in handcuffs was the one who had dropped the animals off.

“At this point, what we’re looking at are state-level charges. We’re working on that with police,” Pugh said. “The extent of those charges we don’t know yet. Their investigation is ongoing.”

Katie Pemberton, also with MAS, said owner surrenders are usually by appointment only, but with the number of animals in poor condition, MAS had no choice but to take them.

The healthy animals should be up for adoption in the next few weeks, and MAS is encouraging anyone who would like to help or adopt to come by their office in the month of July when adoptions are only $10.

WREG reported MAS is open for adoptions daily from noon to 4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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