Gilbert 23 families organize dog rescue day

PHOENIX - Families whose dogs died at the Green Acre kennel in June turned their grief on Saturday into a life-saving event for more than 60 dogs.

“We all decided we wanted our dogs to leave a legacy, and we wanted something positive to come out of our dogs’ death,” said Shannon Gillette, whose family’s two golden retrievers died at the Gilbert kennel in June.

The dogs, which were set to be euthanized Saturday morning at Maricopa County shelters, were instead placed in foster homes, Gillette said.

“A lot of the dogs saved here today are going to be named after the Gilbert 23,” Gillette said.

The owners of the kennel have maintained that the dogs died when one of the dogs chewed through an electrical line and cut power and air conditioning to the dogs’ room.

Several of the dogs’ owners have said publicly they don’t believe the kennel owners’ story.

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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.

The Gilbert 23 families plan to file a lawsuit Monday against the kennel.

Several Gilbert 23 followers told ABC15 Saturday that a total of 72 dogs were saved in the rescue event.

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