Sen. Jeff Flake tells protesters he 'appreciates' their mission in Gilbert Green Acre tragedy

GILBERT, AZ - Protesters gathered outside a Gilbert country club Monday hoping to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake regarding the investigation into a boarding facility where 23 dogs were killed.

The protest came on the day the Senator was being honored by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce for Flakes' support of local business.

“We want to tell him we won’t forget,” said Veronica Barbieri, a protester.

The dozen protesters gathered to honor the nearly two dozen dogs who died at the Green Acre boarding facility in June.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's investigation has resulted in the execution of two search warrants: one involving the dog deaths and the other involving the deaths of two rabbits.

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The two main people MCSO is looking into – Flake’s son Austin and his daughter in-law Logan who were put in charge of the boarding facility while the owners were on vacation. The animals died while under the care of Austin and Logan.

MSCO officials have said that the owners have not been cooperating with the investigation. Sen. Flake has kept quiet.

“I feel for the families that lost their pets,” said Sen. Flake after the chamber event. He also met with protesters saying he admired their message and for those whom adopted pets.

“I appreciate what they are doing,” he said. However, Flake would not comment on the investigation.

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