The shocking discovery of dozens of dead dogs, and upwards of 40 live dogs, has been tied to a self-reported dog rescuer who ran a non-profit agency in Tennessee, reported Monday's publication of the Leaf Chronicle.
The founder of RRR Service Dogs, 29-year-old Nicole Hulbig, was arrested last week on several counts of animal cruelty - following her arrest, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division officials visited Hulbig's mother's home and found 37 bags of badly decomposed dogs and 39 live dogs who were in various states of neglect.
The decomposed bodies in the bags were so degraded that the authorities could not tell how the dogs had died - or even how many had died.
Sgt. Sean Ryan of the of Sumner County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division told the Leaf Chronicle:
"They were so far gone, you couldn't make heads or tails of it. It was horrible,"
Many of the live dogs who were discovered were in a barn - kept in deplorable conditions. Some of the dogs were malnourished and others were suffering from open wounds.
Hulbig had promoted RRR Service Dogs as an organization that saved dogs from "kill" facilities in order to train them to be service dogs for children with disabilities and disabled soldiers. Tragically, several organizations and individuals, who were unaware of the neglect at RRR Service Dogs, turned dogs over to Hulbig's "care."
Some dogs who were recovered have been reunited with those who could provide proof of ownership; many dogs who the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control has been contacted about are nowhere to be found.
Hulbig told the authorities that she was on bed rest for a high-risk pregnancy and that the dogs were being cared for by her 64-year-old mother; the mother has not been charged with a crime.
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