MCSO: Helicopter launched to help find Valor, dog missing from Gilbert boarding facility

GILBERT, AZ - The search for a missing dog that apparently escaped the Gilbert boarding facility where 20 other dogs perished continues with the help of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says members of the mounted posse patrol unit and two deputies went to the Gilbert area on Thursday, near Pecos Road between Power and Sossaman roads, to help look for Valor, a gray German shepherd mix, that may have escaped the Green Acre dog boarding facility.

MCSO also launched the Sheriff's helicopter, Fox 1, to assist in the ground search for the two-year-old dog, according to a press release.

The facility is currently under investigation by MCSO's animal crimes unit after 20 dogs died there last week.

The investigation will determine if the owners and caretakers are responsible for the deaths after the air conditioner went out when a dog allegedly chewed through the wiring in the wall which caused the animals to overheat and die.

Valor may have escaped from the building but there is no actual proof that he did, according to MCSO. But Valor's owners and friends have still been searching for him and even hired a scent tracking dog in order to pinpoint an area to search for him.

If anybody sees Valor they are asked to call 602-876-1011 and request to be put through to the animal crimes unit.

A vigil for the deceased dogs is planned for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix.

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