The owners of a nonprofit Clarksville, Tenn. rescue organization alleged to rescue dogs and train them for disabled soldiers were arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, after authorities made the grisly discovery of four dead dogs in their garage reported wsmv.com.
Nicole and Eric Hulbig were arrested and charged with animal cruelty after Montgomery County Animal Control, acting on reports of unsanitary living conditions, found two dead puppies in wire cages and two other dead animals in plastic crates at the couple's residence on N. Henderson Way: the couple own RRR Service Dogs.
Nicole Hulbig, 29, told authorities she and her husband have been separated for months, and that she had moved to Cottontown, Tenn. As to the dogs, Hulbig maintains some of the dogs are with her, and other dogs are currently being fostered. Her estranged husband, Eric denies all allegations and told authorities he had no idea how or why the dead dogs were even in his garage.
Conditions were reported to be horrible; agents had to wear masks as the stench of urine and feces emanated through the home and yard.
According to the Leaf Chronicle however, a woman's dog who had been signed over to Hulbig to be a therapy dog, was discovered to have been picked up by Sumner County Animal Control Shelter along with other dogs; the surrendered dogs allegedly from one of Hulbig's relatives.
A Facebook page titled RRR Service Dogs and Rescue Scams has been posting photos and information for past owners and humane advocates now looking for their dogs they thought were being trained to help physically challenged and disabled soldiers and children. Reports of Hulbig allegedly raising money on Facebook to train and neuter dogs used in the program never happened according to some past supporters. Many owners are now posting photographs of their dogs hoping to locate them.
Please check the page, and if you recognize or have any knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing dogs; the families would be grateful for any news.
A court appearance is scheduled for next week.
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