More drama on the way?
When you are solely responsible for a kennel filled with nearly two dozen dogs entrusted by their owners to your care, and those dogs die agonizing heat-related suffocation deaths in a small windowless utility room, sans air conditioning —- with neither food nor water available —- entering a plea of not guilty to the charges seems reasonable.
That is, if you’re Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
Logan’s parents, vacationing in Florida, left the couple in charge of the kennel they owned. The twosome appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court with their lawyer and entered their pleas to the charges Thursday. They each face 21 felony and seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after being indicted by a grand jury last month. Neither of the Flake’s sought any emergency veterinarian help, instead opting to hose down the dead and dying pets in an attempt to revive them.
Logan Flake’s parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes separately pleaded not guilty in October to 22 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, along with one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices.
Our best guess? Logan will be pregnant by their next court appearance Jan. 2, 2015. What better way of gaining sympathy and deflecting attention away from dead dogs than a human baby? Few will forget Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s obnoxious press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all. The Flake’s presumably can process guidance.
Yesterday’s raw courtroom video courtesy of Channel 3.