Two-year-old Valor, the Belgian Malinois, owners Zack and Heather Wicker had hoped would be rescued after escaping from the Green Acre Dog boarding facility on June 21, after 21 dogs perished when a dog chewed through an electrical wire, was found dead on the side of the road Saturday morning reported azcentral.com.
According to Officer Chris Hegstrom of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a bicyclist found Valor's dead body along the side of the road near Lindsey Road and Loop 202. A veterinarian had trouble identifying the dog's body, but authorities found the microchip lying in the road. The dog's body was found approximately four miles from the facility where he escaped.
The Facebook page entitled Bring Valor Home went from optimistic to heartbreaking after Zack and Heather Wicker appeared on a local news program. Within the hour, hundreds of condolences had already been posted.
During the search for Valor, tracking experts covered over 35 miles, picking up the dog's scent with search dogs the family had hired. Dozens of volunteers joined the search; always relaying positive thoughts that Valor was still alive - just lost or heading for home. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office sent out deputes, and the agency's helicopter helped with the search.
Sheriff Arpaio called Heather Wicker after Valor's identity was confirmed. Now the family has closure.
"It's sad, but at least we found Valor,'' Arpaio said.
There have not been any criminal charges levied against the kennel owners, Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, nor the caretakers of the facility of the dogs that evening, Logan and Austin Flake. Sheriff Arpaio stated the investigation is ongoing.
Rest in peace Valor. You will be missed.
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