Dog owners turn tragedy into triumph

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- Dozens of dogs scheduled to be euthanized will get a second chance on Saturday morning.

Owners whose dogs died at the Green Acre boarding facility in June have made it their mission to save as many animals as possible.

The "Gilbert 23" group has raised more than $13,000 and partnered with over 25 local rescues to find homes for dogs that were going to be put down.

"We want to help leave a legacy for the 23 dogs that were found dead," Shannon Gillette, one of the "Gilbert 23" dog owners, said. "And what we’ve done is we’ve created a rescue mission that will take place tomorrow on August 23 in honor of the 23 dogs that died."

The so-called freedom parade will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s West Valley Animal Care Center.

"We decided we wanted to see positive things coming out of our dogs’ deaths," Gillette said.

People can open their homes up to fostering while these dogs wait for their forever home. Rescues take care of financial needs and marketing of that dog while it is in foster care.

For more information on the "Gilbert 23" or how to get involved in the rescue mission send an email to

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