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MCSO launches investigation into Gilbert dog deaths

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GILBERT, Ariz. - As the owners of 20 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.

 It was originally believed there were 17 dogs, but Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says 20 dogs died at the facility.

MCSO said it appears one of the dogs chewed through a wire that powered the air-conditioning in the section of the home where the dogs were kept.  The owners told deputies the power went out sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.  Owners of the deceased dogs claim they were not notified until Saturday morning.

“I demanded. I got in the owners face,” said Valerie Collins who left her two dogs in the care of the Green Acre boarding house near Gilbert. “We went out of the front and he carried my Daisy who was lifeless. I prayed that they were still alive and [the facility's owner] just threw her at my feet like a piece of meat.”
While Collins and her husband waited to claim their dogs, other dog owners began showing up.

“We had no idea how many dogs we would find that day that were dead,” said Collins. “I hurt inside knowing that my dogs died a horrible death, and we just want to know what happened and we feel like this is crime."


MCSO says the owners of the boarding facility were in Florida at the time of the accident and left their son and daughter in-law in charge. Through various sources, including owners of the deceased dogs, FOX 10 has been able to confirm Austin Flake, son of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, was supposed to be watching over the property with his wife when the accident happened.
 
“A text that was sent to me from the owner said that his daughter and son-in-law would be caring for them and they would be back shortly,” said Collins, who also claims she saw Flake the day she picked up her dogs. “He was in the living room when my husband opened the door.  He ran to the back of the house when my husband entered the house.”
 
In a statement, US Senator Jeff Flake said, “I learned of this tragic accident yesterday. I can't imagine the devastating loss these families are experiencing. My heart goes out to the owners who lost their beloved pets."
 
David Gillette, who is on vacation in California with his wife and two young children, lost two golden retrievers at the boarding house.  He said one of the owners left a voicemail claiming their dog had run away.
 
“We had a dog that was a digger and we didn't know about it,” said one of the owners in the voice mail provided to FOX 10.  “He dug a hole and Sherman and Parker somehow got out of the hole. We are out looking for them right now…my wife, my girls are out looking for them.”
Gillette’s dogs were found in a backyard shed with more than a dozen other dead dogs.

“We were going to the beach yesterday and mother-in-law called and told us what happened,” said Gillette from Disneyland. “My son is asking me ‘Dad, why are you crying?’”

On Saturday, an MCSO deputy told dog owners, “that something stupid happened I totally agree with you. That it is a crime? I do not agree with you.”

Watch the raw-interview with Malesia Hughes, the owner of the kennel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs3KKO_1ShI&feature=youtu.be

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