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90 animals found packed in U-Haul; pair charged

By Stacy Hudson

This article was published September 16, 2007 at 6:00 a.m.

An Arkadelphia couple faces 172 animal-cruelty charges after Little Rock Animal Services employees discovered more than 90 dogs, cats and birds in the back of a U-Haul truck Friday night.

Volunteers with the agency and the Humane Society of Pulaski County worked from 5 p.m. Friday until about 2 a.m. Saturday evaluating the conditions of "70-something dogs, 11 birds and four cats" outside the U-Haul store at 4809 W. 65th St., said Tracy Roark, animal services manager.

The animals had been in the truck, which had broken down, for at least two days, authorities said. Most of them were purebred, small dogs such as Chihuahuas, Pekingese, poodles and terriers.

"They were in pretty bad shape," Roark said. "We've not seen anything in the city like this."

For more information see today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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