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    Concern and confusion, that's what 911 calls revealed from people who left their dogs at a Gilbert boarding facility.20 of the dogs died this weekend when caretakers chewed through an electrical cord which powered the air conditioning.
    Concern and confusion, that's what 911 calls revealed from people who left their dogs at a Gilbert boarding facility.20 of the dogs died this weekend when caretakers chewed through an electrical cord which powered the air conditioning.
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    Investigation into dog deaths, 20 dogs die at boarding facility

    Some of the dog owners who lost their dogs in a tragedy in Gilbert say they were lied to and misled by the kennel's owners.They say they paid $20 a day and were told this was a free range facility where only six dogs were housed at a time.
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    Some of the 20 dogs that died at a Gilbert boarding facility are undergoing necropsies in hopes of finding the cause and time of death.
    Some of the 20 dogs that died at a Gilbert boarding facility are undergoing necropsies in hopes of finding the cause and time of death.
  • MCSO launches investigation into Gilbert dog deaths

    MCSO launches investigation into Gilbert dog deaths

    As the owners of 17 dogs wait for answers as to why their pets died at a Gilbert boarding service, Fox 10 News has learned that the son and daughter-in-law of US Senator Jeff Flake were tasked with caring for the dogs while the boarding house’s owners were out of town.The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said it appears one of the dogs chewed through a wire powering the air-conditioning in the section of the home where the dogs were kept.
    As the owners of 17 dogs wait for answers as to why their pets died at a Gilbert boarding service, Fox 10 News has learned that the son and daughter-in-law of US Senator Jeff Flake were tasked with caring for the dogs while the boarding house’s owners were out of town.The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said it appears one of the dogs chewed through a wire powering the air-conditioning in the section of the home where the dogs were kept.
GILBERT, Ariz. - Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at Green Acre boarding facility on Wednesday morning.  23 dogs staying at Green Acre died from apparent heat exhaustion on June 21.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office moved into the property housing the Green Acres facility after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The first thing they removed was weaponry, which is routine. Then the investigators began their search.

"Anyone that's violated animal cruelty laws will have a big problem," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

MCSO hired a forensic electrician and air flow expert to look at the wiring and air conditioning. They also dug up one dog that was buried on the property.

One of the dogs, according to the Green Acres staff, reportedly chewed through an electrical cord to the air conditioning unit.

"I'm just confused, putting 28 dogs in a 9 by 12 room? There's something wrong there...with one little vent," said MCSO Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"We're looking at every angle... we're seizing records, we're seizing computers, we still have a subpoena out for phone records," he said.

Two and a half weeks ago, more than 20 dogs were found dead at the Green Acres boarding house near Gilbert. The dead dogs included two golden retrievers, their owner was initially told they had run away but it turned out they were both dead.

"I hope that one day they will just stop the lying, they will just tell the truth. Maybe just come on out and tell us what happened and admit that you were neglecting dogs," said Shannon Gillette.

When the dogs died, the owners of the house were out of town. They left their daughter and son-in-law in charge. Austin Flake, Sen. Flake's son, and his wife referred investigators to their attorney.

"They didn't return our calls so we had to track them to Utah... we approached him in the residence, I think he was shocked to see us. We went there just to talk and I am not going to criticize him for getting a lawyer," said Arpaio.

Maleisa Hughes, one of the business owners, was present at the home during the raid, according to MCSO she was "somewhat hostile and uncooperative."

According to Arpaio, samples from seven dogs were sent to the University of Arizona and Michigan for testing. Detectives are looking at whether dogs had drugs in their systems.

Arpaio says he doesn't expect to make any arrests on Wednesday.
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