The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has provided the following update in response to continued interest: “Deputy County Attorneys have completed their initial review of approximately 2,500 pages of documents. Prosecutors have identified several discrete areas for follow up and clarification bye the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Review of a dozen additional discs of materials is underway. There is no hard date on which a decision is expected.”
As most of you may know, there was an extremely heartbreaking tragedy in the County of Maricopa AZ this summer. 28 dogs were placed into the care of Green Acres Boarding Facility under the impression they were dropping their beloved pets off at a family friendly, cage free facility. Sadly this was the last time they would see their pets alive.
These dogs were locked in a 9×12 shed with no air conditioning. 23 beloved family pets perished that day. People returned to retrieve their pets only to be told they had died. Many of the owners claim they were never even notified.
After this tragedy, the story made headlines across the country, prompting petitions across the internet. Facebook pages dedicated to supporting the families who have lost their pets to this senseless act of ignorance. Some are saying that due to the fact the son of Senator Jeff Flake is one of the four involved in the Green Acres tragedy, this issue was not being taken seriously enough by the Sheriff’s office nor the County Attorney’s office. Both offices have stated they intend on being fair and just. The Sheriff’s office has stated that they believe the four should be charged with felony animal abuse.
Many of the owners have now decided to take legal action against the unapologetic owners of this facility via the pursuance of a Civil Lawsuit. Keep your eyes on the news for updates on this heart wrenching situation.
This tragedy has kick started a variety of rescue organizations, pet owners and fellow boarding facility owners to join together to do what they can to ensure something like this never happens again. Please consider locating a pet sitter, someone who can come to your home and work with your pet in the comfort of their surroundings, when you go on vacation or are called out of town on business. You should be able to form a personal relationship with the person you are leaving your family pet in the care of.