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Sheriff Arpaio continues 'thorough investigation' into dog deaths at Green Acre

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Before the website for Green Acre Boarding was removed this past weekend, it promised dog owners for $20 a day their dogs would have free range of the premises and that no more than six dogs would be housed at a time reported myfoxphoenix.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, 28 dogs were kept in a 10x10 laundry room when one of the dogs chewed through the drywall and the electrical cord which controlled the air conditioning for the room.

The owners of the facility, Todd and MaLeisa Hughes were out of town, and the son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, Austin Flake and his wife, Logan, 21, were in charge of the facility. The young couple told authorities the accident happened between Thursday night at 11:00 p.m. and Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. Twenty dogs died that night.

"How can you be healthy at 11:00 and be dead at 5:30 in the morning?," asked Sheriff Arpaio. "If a crime occurred, someone will be held accountable."

The dogs were all different breeds, sizes and ages. Necropsies will be performed on six of the dogs to determine the definite cause of death. Authorities will also be checking phone records and electric meters.

The outside temperature was reported to have been in the 80s that evening. Although that is warm, dogs don't die of heat exhaustion at that temperature.

The owners of the dogs were not told their dogs had perished until Saturday morning. Todd Hughes told some of the owners their dogs had escaped. When interviewed on Monday, the couple told news media that her daughter and son-in-law worked on trying to resuscitate the dogs for four hours by hosing them down to bring down their body temperatures. No one called 9-1-1, nor any veterinarians. The dead dogs were then taken to a shed in the rear of the property.

The Facebook page, The Tragedy at Green Acre Dog Boarding Gilbert, AZ, has garnered nearly 9,000 "likes" and continues to help families and friends grieve for the loss of their very important canine family members.

Some families are planning to pursue civil action against the kennel owners. There have been no charges or arrests.

Sheriff Arpaio plans to attend A Celebration of Life, Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in MST
CHAVEZ PLAZA - downtown Phoenix, 201 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, 85003

Rest in peace.

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