Hundreds remember 23 dogs that died in Gilbert boarding facility

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by Erika Flores

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Posted on July 13, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 9:30 AM

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Dozens of friends, family and community members came together Saturday night to remember the more than 20 dogs that died at a Gilbert boarding facility.

It's been three weeks since the bodies were found at Green Acre dog boarding.

About 200 people walked up a Gilbert street to remember the 23 dogs that lost their lives at Green Acre.

They were holding candles as they gathered for a vigil next door to Green Acre.

They revealed a special memorial that was donated, a doghouse.

Two young children who lost a dog at Green Acre helped with the big reveal.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio also attended to talk to the grieving pet owners.

He said the sheriff’s office is working to get a resolution.

He talked about the search investigators did after getting a warrant for Green Acre, and also how his detectives took a trip out of state to talk to Austin Flake, one of the caretakers allegedly involved when the dogs died at green acre.

He said they were told to talk to his attorney.

"Emotionally they would like something to happen right away, but you can’t do it. I want the evidence…you do know if we have the probable cause, I’m going forward," said Sheriff Arpaio.

"We were brought together for a purpose and a reason and that's for justice to be served and Sheriff Joe and legislators around the country to put laws in place to make sure that this never happens again, and if it does people are held accountable," said David Gillette, who lost two dogs at Green Acre.

Sheriff Arpaio said he can't give a time line for when his investigation will be done, but he said his department is working to bring justice.

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