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Clarksville animal cruelty case bound to grand jury

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Montgomery County judge said Thursday he is reluctantly taking an animal cruelty case to the grand jury, but he doesn't believe there's enough evidence to convict suspects Eric and Nicole Hulbig.

Animal rights activists gathered outside court, protesting the couple charged with the deaths of four dogs animal control officials said were found in their Clarksville home in June. In court, animal control officials said they were let into the house the Hulbigs were renting by officials with Bill Mace Homes. Judge Raymond Grimes shared concerns over the dogs being found without a search warrant.

The defense for the Hulbigs argued there's not enough proof to show how and when the dogs died.

The court appearance Thursday only concerned the animals found in the Hulbigs' Clarksville home and did not cover charges from Sumner County. There, authorities said they found more than three dozen bags of dead dogs in addition to emaciated dogs at the property of Nicole Hulbig's mother.

A grand jury date for the Montgomery county charges has not been set.

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