The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is currently searching the Green Acre boarding facility where more than 20 dogs died, after serving the owners with a search warrant this morning. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, was at the scene along with his deputies, and is scheduled to make a statement this morning about the ongoing investigation into the tragedy.
It appears they are not only searching the property with the aid of forensic experts and electricians, they are also digging for any additional dog remains. Sadly the death toll in this matter rose last week, when one of the dogs that managed to escape the boarding facility was found dead at the side of a road in the East Valley. Valor, whose "sibling" died alongside the other dogs at Green Acre, somehow managed to escape prior to the incident, and there was much hope that he would be found. Dozens of volunteers canvassed areas in the East Valley, dog trackers assisted, and Sheriff Arpaio sent an MCSO helicopter to join the search. His family, devastated over the loss the other dog, Remington, were holding out hope that at least Valor would be found and returned to them safely.
That was not to be. Valor's remains were returned to his owners this past Sunday.
What was originally touted as a "tragic accident" quickly became more than that, as reports of the kennel owners lying to their clients, doubts about the timeline offered by the caretakers, and other details emerged in the days after the news broke about the deaths. The owners of the facility, MaLeisa and Todd Hughes who were on vacation in Florida when the dogs perished, have maintained they have not done any wrong. The caretakers, Austin and Logan Flake, refused to speak to the MCSO without their lawyer, having left the jurisdiction for Provo, Utah.