Investigation Launched into Suspicious Deaths at Pet-Boarding Facility

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There has been an investigation launched, looking into 17 deaths at a dog boarding house in Gilbert, Arizona that according to officials “seem a little odd.”  Investigators want to remind the public that they should not jump to conclusions before everything has come to light in the incident.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, the dogs looked to be overheated after climate controls at the boarding house went down at the Green Acre facility.

What makes the situation “seem a little odd,” is the fact that during the summer months, the dogs sleep outdoors, where temperatures are considerably cooler, and overheating is less likely to happen.  Odd circumstances aside, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control spokesperson Melissa Gable warns not to make snap judgments, before the entire investigation plays out.

Initial investigations state the dogs were checked on around 11P.M. Thursday by staff at the facility.  When staff returned around 5:30A.M. Friday, a large number of the dogs were dead, and others were on their way to being dead.

Outward appearances are that one of the dogs managed to chew or somehow break through the facility’s wall, and take out a number of electrical wires needed to feed the climate control units on that side of the building.  There was none of the multiple air conditioning units left working.  Even though some severely struggling but still alive dogs were moved outside and every effort was made to cool them off, they still passed.

Dogs were reported as “overheated and unresponsive” by workers arriving that morning, “in the portion of the house where the dogs were being boarded.”

Chris Hegstrom is the MCSO spokesperson and heading up the investigation.  As of now, there are no updates available, but there could be more information available later today, or on Tuesday.

3 thoughts on “Investigation Launched into Suspicious Deaths at Pet-Boarding Facility”

  1. I am boarding my dog next month, when researching where to board him I made sure there was an over night staff at the facility. I actually found one that sleeps in the room with the dogs never left alone. I don’t mind paying extra for this at all.

  2. I just had a horrible experience with my dogs at a Doggie Day Care that I loved last year. They seemed to have had turnover with their staff and the turnover was for the worst. Thank God they have customer cameras for you to view your dogs. 3 weeks ago I dropped my dogs off and they were there for 1 full day while my husband and I worked. The cameras didn’t work, but when we got home our rescue was severely sick and the next day he couldn’t breath right. We rushed him to emergency and he had Bronchitis and colitis. Then this past Friday, while working my husband calls me to watch the camera – I did and saw my BULLDOG in the pool without a life vest. I had specific instructions to always have both my dogs with life vests. 3 teens were at the pool side, 1 texting and the other 2 flirting all the while my bulldog was going under water. I called hysterical telling them to save her – I saw real-time them being told by the receptionist and jumping in to save her. I was a mess and couldn’t work, left work early to pick them up and cancelled their stay for our vacation. This place was incredible last year – but it seems they are not doing what they should be – monitoring their employees. Found a place far, but with a great reputation. More money, but worth it if they are safe.


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