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And animal cruelty goes on and on

This is one of the living dogs seized from Nicole Hulbig's residence.
This is one of the living dogs seized from Nicole Hulbig's residence.
Dessislava Yankova, Gannett Tennessee

This morning, Stephanie Ingersoll of The Leaf-Chronicle and USA Today Network reported on the 37 bags of dead dogs located by one particular rescuer. When will the animal cruelty end?

There seems to be no end in sight, only more clever deviations of the same crime affecting multitudes as opposed to a select few. From hoarding to puppy mills and everything in between, we must do something to keep animal cruelty at bay!

Today’s report came about a June 5th search of a home after four dead puppies were located inside of a home. It was then that 37 bags containing animal remains were also located. Thankfully 40 living dogs were also present.

The woman living on the premises was stated to be Nicole Hulbig, a 29-year-old woman claiming to be operating a non-profit organization that supposedly rescued dogs and trained them to be service animals. Hate to say it like it is, but animals should not be used as disposable items.

Although Hulbig claimed to be on bed-rest for her pregnancy, having her mother take charge of the canines, this gives her no excuse (in addition to the multiple excuses she has already come up with) to do this to animals that trusted her implicitly – not to mention the dogs whose owners also put faith in her. They needed these dogs and many of them may prove to be amongst the dead that were simply stuffed into bags supposedly after there was a distemper outbreak practically nine months ago or so.

If the dogs did perish from the disease, wouldn’t the proper thing to do would be to contact the owners of the dogs that were sick and let them know about it? Did they really have to hear about the potential of their dog being one of the many (too many to even count) that were simply stuffed inside the bags undisposed of? And amongst the other questions that the real owners will most likely have is, ‘What really happened to my dog?’ ‘Why did I trust this woman with my best furry friend?’

Service dogs, when trained correctly, provide a specialized assistance to people in need. These dogs are trained to specifically be able to help people that are visually impaired, hearing impaired, have mental illness, seizures, diabetes, and/or autism. In addition, service dogs may be trained to sniff for particular types of cancers or even to sniff polar bear urine to see if a mother bear is pregnant or not. As you can see, service dogs are invaluable to a variety of people and should never be treated like yesterday’s trash!

Dogs are invaluable to people for a multitude of other reasons, not just because they are service dogs. These dogs trusted that they had an opportunity for a better life; a forever life with someone that would love and care for them. That was all taken away by Nicole Hulbig. When will animal cruelty stop? When will the abuse end?

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