Valor, dog missing from Gilbert boarding facility, found dead

GILBERT, AZ - It's a search that came to an end right along Lindsey Road near the Loop 202.

"He's not going to be coming home with us the way we wanted," Zachary Wickers said on Saturday.

It’s a search that ended three miles away from where it first started two weeks ago at Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert -- where 22 dogs were found dead. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said one of the dogs being boarded chewed through a power cord to the air conditioner and the dogs died in the heat.

The dog’s owners, Heather and Zach, say they were told “Valor” had run away.

"We kept ourselves awake. We kept thinking we are going to get closer, we are going to get closer," said Heather Wickers.

They never gave up hope.

They, along with dozens of volunteers, including the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, kept searching – until they got a call from the sheriff's office this morning.

"We anticipated good news," said Zach.

But instead, they got the news that confirmed the worst possible outcome -- Valor had been hit and killed by a car five days ago, only to be discovered by a bicyclist today.

"I'm glad we found him. I'm sad we found him this way," said Heather

They now say their good byes at the very place Valor took his last breath.

"Valor means to be courageous, especially in battle. And I'd like to think he did. He made it this far, and he was trying to come home," Zach said.

"It's hard but there is a sense of closure," said Heather

And now they are waiting for justice.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Saturday the boarding facility is being investigated for possible criminal charges. He said his detectives are having trouble finding the people involved to re-interview, but when ABC15 went to the boarding facility the owners said they are cooperating with the investigation.

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