Felony & misdemeanor charges filed against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin, wife Logan and her parents
Four long months after the heat-related, suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs at a Gilbert kennel, the owners and caretakers have been charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. An indictment was handed down Wednesday by a Maricopa County Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury should be commended for diligently considering the evidence and doing the job it was impaneled to do —- conducting its business, without regard to politics.
Todd Hughes the owner of the boarding facility, has been a bad actor throughout this despicable saga, lying about the number of dogs involved and initially claiming they merely ran away. The story was later changed to cast blame on the dogs themselves by alleging one or more of the pets chewed through the air conditioning wiring. Hughes and his wife MaLeisa were vacationing out-of-state and left their daughter Logan, and son-in-law Austin, to oversee the care of the pets.
When the Flakes’ returned to the kennel the next day and witnessed the horrific scene, they callously hosed down the dying dogs in a crude attempt to cool them. The carcasses of the dogs were then piled in a storage shed. No professional veterinarians were called to help.
The dogs sweltered to death, packed together in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning, and without food or water provided for them.
After deputies responded to a call the morning of June 21, 2014, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive investigation and submitted its findings to the County Attorney’s Office on August 27, 2014. This is Montgomery’s Sept. 10, follow-up press conference. (Courtesy of KTVK-TV3)
The indictment charges Todd and MaLeisa Hughes with 22 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, and one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. Austin and Logan Flake are each charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.
A hearing for the four defendants is scheduled Oct. 23, 2014.
Seeing Red AZ has covered the deaths of the pets in these posts:
Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision
Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place