Clients had concerns about Gilbert dog kennel

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by Erika Flores

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Posted on June 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 7:33 PM

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Clients of Green Acre dog boarding said they saw signs of trouble, and after the deaths of 20 dogs last week, the dog owners said they wish they'd spoken sooner.

Traci and Bob DeMarco said their dogs, Daisy and Domino, are like family.

"They are dogs, but they're part of our family,” said DeMarco.

The DeMarcos said their beagle and Papillon-mix have been staying at Green Acre off and on for more than one year.

"I really thought that they were dog lovers…animal lovers," said Traci of the Green Acre owners MaLeisa and Todd Hughes. "I mean we toured the facility. We talked to MaLeisa on the phone we met with her twice before we left the dogs."

"They’re very nice and cordial, and we felt they were very somewhat transparent,” said Bob.

It wasn't until October the DeMarcos said they had issues with Green Acre.

"They would be dirty kind of unusually dirty or some cuts to Domino’s ears and of course the eye incident with Daisy," said Bob."But they never took blame for the eye injuries or never really addressed how things happened."

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Clients of Green Acre dog boarding said they saw signs of trouble, and after the deaths of 20 dogs last week, the dog owners said they wish they'd spoken sooner.

Traci and Bob DeMarco said their dogs, Daisy and Domino, are like family.

"They are dogs, but they're part of our family,” said DeMarco.

The DeMarcos said their beagle and papillon-mix have been staying at Green Acre off and on for over a year.

"I really thought that they were dog lovers…animal lovers," said Traci of the Green Acre owners MaLeisa and Todd Hughes. "I mean we toured the facility. We talked to MaLeisa on the phone we met with her twice before we left the dogs."

"They’re very nice and cordial, and we felt they were very somewhat transparent,” said Bob.

It wasn't until October the DeMarcos said they had issues with Green Acre.

"They would be dirty kind of unusually dirty or some cuts to Domino’s ears and of course the eye incident with Daisy," said Bob."But they never took blame for the eye injuries or never really addressed how things happened."

When the DeMarcos decided to stop taking their dogs to Green Acre, "They said if you ever give us another chance, we'd love to show you that we really would take care of your dogs," said Bob.

So they did, and they had no issues with Green Acres when they went back.

"They made the proper corrections in our estimation," said Bob.

But a week after they picked up Domino and Daisy, 20 dogs reportedly died at Green Acre of heat exhaustion.

The DeMarcos now wonder if their dogs were neglected, and in hindsight they now see the eye and ear injuries as red flags.

"Just really sorry that when there were injuries of the dogs we didn't speak up whether it was something on the Facebook or some type of awareness for what we were experiencing," said Traci.

The DeMarcos said they can't say for sure what caused their dogs injuries whether it was neglect or an accident. They just wish they would have told other dog owners.

Green Acre owner MaLeisa Hughes said her family loves the dogs they cared for and has not admitted to any type of neglect.

MCSO investigating deaths of 20 dogs in Gilbert

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