If there's one thing normal, functioning human beings can't stand, it's the mistreatment of animals, especially dogs.
I don't know if there's another species that mourns the abuse of another species like humans do, but I think I know why it bothers us so much: because much like children, animals are innocent.
That's probably why this story is freaking so many people out online. Rachel gave her dog Ollie to a man named Hunter Nelson, who had a dog training business that seemed legitimate. Hunter was supposed to train Ollie, like he allegedly did with many dogs, and teach the pup to be the goodest of good boys.
However when Rachel tried to schedule a pickup for her dog, Hunter attempted to stymie any attempt at every turn. Text after text brought a litany of excuses why she couldn't come get her dog.
In the beginning, Rachel was patient — so patient that anyone reading these messages is probably asking why in the world she's giving this dude the benefit of the doubt.
Things started off normally enough. She checked in periodically to see how her dog was doing, but it wasn't long before the "normal" excuses started running out and all of a sudden Hunter became too busy to respond to texts. With a combination of carefully worded excuses, ghosting, miscommunications, and random mentions of late clients, Hunter kept a good lie going.
Every time it seems like Rachel was all set to pick up Ollie, at the last minute Hunter has some kind of flimsy excuse. This time it's to use the pup to put on a display for some children. I mean, what kind of monster would deny kids the opportunity to play with a well-mannered and cute dog? Plus, there's some money in it for Rachel, so she'd accept, right? Man, this Hunter dude is the worst.
This is when Hunter starts the beginning of what he thinks will be his way out: Ollie and another dog get bitten by a snake. Just look at how well-orchestrated this lie is: first, he attempts to allay Rachel's fears by saying the vet doesn't think the snake is poisonous, then makes it seem its's not an isolated incident because there another dog who was bitten. Oh, and obviously because Ollie was bitten, he can't be picked up now.
This is where I think it dawns on Rachel that this dude is lying to her: she calls the vet's office Hunter mentioned and they don't have an Ollie at their office. Of course he's got a ton of other excuses why this is the case. If you thought his tall tales and fibs were grandiose before, well, he just keeps upping the ante.
Probably realizing that he wasn't going to get out of the lie, Hunter decided to try and end things once and for all while pretending to be caring and understanding throughout the whole ordeal. He's trying to say that Ollie died from the snake bite at the Vet's office and that a proper burial was held for the dog. He then goes on to offer a replacement dog when Rachel is "ready" to make the move and get over losing her pup.
Rachel, clearly tired of the run-around, wants proof of her dog's death and demands the vet's phone number. All of Hunter';s lies begin to crumble when he can't answer simple questions, and then the conversation devolves into a tale of pity and a plea, on his behalf, that she not make her grievances public.
To recap: Hunter can't or won't prove Ollie's died. He can't provide a number for the vet who treated the dog. He can't provide the name of the doctor either. He can't provide any certificates proving Ollie died, or that he was bitten by a snake. Nor can he prove anything else he said was true.
Up to this point, Rachel has had the patience of Mother Teresa. But she finally does what any other person would've done after the second excuse: she calls BS. As it turns out, Hunter has a history of doing shady things with pets, like reselling them.
She keeps things nice and polite and professional, but is still firm in her requests. Hunter starts begging when she posts a negative review of his business on Facebook, invoking the name of his wife. He begs her to retract it for his wife's sake. But he probably should've thought about that before being an obvious liar.
And that's where the texts end. Rachel posted screenshots of her conversation on Facebook in an attempt to warn everyone about the dangers of dealing with Hunter Nelson and his dog training "facility." he's lost her dog and probably won't see little Ollie again, but posted pictures of the good boy in case anyone realizes they bought a dog who belongs to someone else.
She accompanied the photos with the following message on Facebook, urging others not to trust Hunter:
"DO NOT TRUST HUNTER NELSON Update: We have no proof my Ollie is actually dead, besides what he has texted us. No pictures or proof. So keep your eye out for my Ollie please!!! Hunter Nelson, owner of Four Legged Retrievers, was training my dog, who died in his care. Ollie went to Hunter for a 4 week basic obedience program on August 13th that ended up lasting 11 weeks. We had mid day training appointments scheduled several times, which ended in Hunter never showing up and/or having excuses to reschedule. I was so excited to see Ollie and get to love on him for a little bit. Around week 10 of training, I finally was fed up of not seeing my dog and demanded to go pick him up. The morning I was supposed to go pick him up, Hunter sent me a text to tell me that Ollie had been “bit by a snake”. Hunter said he took him straight to the vet, gave him Benadryl, and that it was a non-poisonous snake. Per Hunter, the vet said Ollie had a 100% chance he was going to survive. That night he stayed at the vet because the swelling was getting worse. I was supposed to pick him up from poplar bluff vets office on Wednesday morning. I got a text at 3:19 am that Ollie had passed away from “swelling”. Not a call, but a text. Hunter took it upon himself to bury Ollie without any concerns of how and where I would want him buried. I didn’t get the text until 7 AM when I woke up and Hunter had already buried him without my permission. He was evidently buried with his green collar and razorback tag still on his neck. I have no proof or any idea where Ollie was buried at besides it was on Hunter’s property. Hunter was so disrespectful that morning that he couldn’t even give me five minutes out of his day to give me the vets office phone number and name or call me just to comfort me and explain what exactly happened, as I was extremely emotional. When he would not give me the vets paperwork or phone number or explain really what happened, my stomach started to tell me that something was very wrong. Hunter has since then not let me see my dog, give me paperwork, and has continued to lie to me about three different vet offices of which Ollie went to, trying to cover himself up. Originally my Ollie went to go see a “Dr. Hart” in Polar Bluff. I called every vet around that area and had not found one Dr. Hart. I brought that up to Hunter and he said that he went to the Corning vet, which I also called and they did not know of a Dr. Hart either. He then said that Ollie actually went to Paragould Animal Clinic, which I called and asked for a Dr. Hart. Of course, there was no Dr. Hart at that clinic. The vet also did not have hunters name, business name, my name, or my dogs name anywhere in their system. They never even saw a dog with a snake bite in the month of October with the name last name Nelson or dog name of Ollie. Since then I have found out about SEVERAL people who have dealt with him with bad outcomes. Their dogs, like mine, have also been abused, sold, or “bit by a snake”. After talking to Hunter the past three months I have uncovered that Ollie never went to a vet and died “immediately” in Hunters care, due to a COTTON MOUTH bite. He is continually trying to pay me off to not post anything on Facebook or social media. He does not care that my dog died, he just wants to cover it up for his sake. If you want your dog to die, be sold, or come home in complete horrible health and not trained AT ALL, then take your dog to Hunter Nelson. Hunter has only wanted to help when I threatened to post anything on Facebook or get into any legal action. I don’t even know where my Ollie is at, if he really did die, if he is suffering still in Hunter’s care, or was sold. Ollie was and still is my baby and I adopted him to give him a better life. I would’ve never have thought for a second anyone could’ve been so cold-hearted and cruel. We need justice for Ollie and ALL the other dogs, which have been more than I want to imagine, that have been mistreated by Hunter Nelson. Please help and share this post. My sweet baby didn’t deserve to die like that, especially without his puppy parents by his side. What if this was you? #justiceforollie #mybaby"