- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say 17 dogs have been found dead at a Gilbert pet boarding service while five died in an unrelated fire at a breeder’s home in Scottsdale.

The Arizona Republic reports Saturday that Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies say the Gilbert deaths are a “tragic accident.”

Investigators say one of the dogs chewed through a power cord attached to an air-conditioning unit at the Green Acre boarding business. They say the dogs died from heat exhaustion.

The sheriff’s office says workers checked on the dogs late Thursday and found the pets dead when they returned early Friday.

Meanwhile, Scottsdale fire officials tell the newspaper that a blaze at a kennel Friday left at least five dogs dead. Division Chief Jay Ducote says another five are unaccounted for.

It’s unclear how the fire started, but Ducote says there’s no proof of neglect.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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