- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors are asking the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for follow-up work in the investigation into the deaths of more than 20 dogs at a Gilbert kennel.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says Monday that the extra work was needed before it can decide whether to bring charges against the owners of the Green Acres Boarding Kennel and two caretakers.

The sheriff’s office had recommended that felony charges be filed.

The kennel owners say the animals died of heat exhaustion in June when one dog chewed through the air conditioner’s power cord after two caregivers had left the facility.

Investigators say no evidence was found that a chewed-up electrical wire had cut power to a cooling unit.

A veterinarian says the dogs likely suffocated to death.

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