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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - 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 say a dog chewed through an electrical cord which powered the air conditioning.

"I don't think you understand this, you idiot, how could you do this? All you have to do was watch a dog, you killed multiple dogs," said a caller.

Tense and emotional 911 calls were made outside of the Gilbert boarding house when many owners first discovered their dogs had died.

"I am trying to get my dogs now, and he won't give them to me," said another caller.

Other owners who were told their pets had run away also called in looking for help, "I was just curious if you had happened to run across or if someone called in a bunch of dogs missing," said a caller.

Meleisa Hughes explained her husbands lie about the dogs running away. "He panics, he told a lie, and when asked by the sheriff department he immediately corrected his mistake."

"If anyone of you has never told a lie in your entire life feel free to judge him on that," she said.

Jesus Cabrales lost his dog Sonny, but unlike many of the other dog owners who were first told about the deaths on Saturday he got a voicemail on Friday morning.

"Hey Jesus, this is Todd with Green Acre's, I need to talk to you as soon as you can," said Cabrales.

After Friday came the two talked.

"I'm sorry Jesus I have got some bad news, I think either your dog, or my dog chewed through the drywall, and one of them bit the wire which cut off the a/c, so they didn't have air all night, and they died of heat exhaustion," recalled Cabrales.

That Friday night at the Green Acre facility Jesus demanded to see where the accident happened. He never saw the room in the MCSO photos where investigators say the dogs were being kept.

"I just tell him straight up, are you lying to me, tell me the truth, what really happened? And he said that is what happened, and I'm sorry, that is what happened," he said.

Sonny also had wounds on his legs and paws, how and when those happened isn't clear.
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