Dog missing from Gilbert boarding facility found dead

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by Erika Flores

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Posted on July 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 10:21 AM

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A dog missing from a Gilbert boarding facility where nearly two dozen dogs were found dead two weeks ago has been found dead.

Dozens of volunteers helped in the two-week search for "Valor.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio even sent one of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office helicopters up to help look.

The German shepherd mix was found near Zanjero Park in Gilbert.

"I got the call this morning," said Heather Wicker.

"The dog was hit by a car and has been dead for about four or five days," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"Valor was in really bad shape," said Wicker.

The Maricopa sheriff's office said a cyclist found the dog.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the veterinarian couldn’t find a chip on the dog, so his deputies returned to the scene to look for it.

“We were able to find the chip that matched the dog," he said.

"Thank God he was micro-chipped," said Wicker.

The Wickers had already lost their other dog, "Remington," one of the nearly two dozen dogs the sheriff's office said were found dead at the Green Acre dog boarding facility two weeks ago.

"Remington and Valor were supposed to be my protectors,” said Wicker. "They are gone now, both of them now."

There's now a memorial where “Valor” was found.

Several people comforted the Wickers there after hearing the news.

"I can't thank everybody enough for everything that they've done," said Wicker. "But now that I know Valor's home, it's going to be okay."

MCSO: 17 dogs dead from heat at Gilbert boarding facility

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Missing dog found dead by Arizona cyclist

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) -- Maricopa County authorities say a dog that went missing from a boarding facility where numerous dogs were found dead last month was apparently hit and killed by a vehicle.

The search for the dog named Valor began two weeks ago at Green Acre Dog Boarding. The dog's owners were told he had run away.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and dozens of volunteers searched until Saturday when a cyclist reported finding the dog about three miles from the boarding facility.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the dog was positively identified through a microchip.

The boarding facility is being investigated for possible criminal charges related to the deaths of 20 dogs two week ago. The animals died of apparent heat exhaustion when one dog chewed through the air conditioner's power cord.

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- The dog that went missing from a Gilbert area boarding facility where 20 other dogs died has been found dead, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Valor, a 2-year-old German shepherd mix, went missing from the Green Acre boarding facility near Queen Creek Road and Val Vista Drive about two weeks ago.

Sheriff's office spokesman Chris Hegstrom said the dog was found near Zanjero Park in Gilbert.

More information will be released at a press conference at 5:30 p.m.

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