Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

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.

We’ve covered the late June horrific event numerous times. With so much lag time this one and this other, serve to bring readers up to speed.

Yesterday’s raw courtroom video courtesy of Channel 3.

10 Responses to Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

  1. Marianne says:

    Ha! Great minds think alike! I told my husband yesterday that I fully expect to see Logan Flake in maternity wear when she and Austin appear for their January 2015 court date.

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    Bill Montgomery did indeed set out the “guideline” for the flaky Flakes. I’ll wager he’ll do much more. He does not want to be on the wrong side of Papa Flake and will figure out a way to make that happen.

  3. Doc says:

    I’d just like to remind everybody that our esteemed newly elected A.G., M. Brnovich, is a former employee of mr. montgomery…
    …isn’t that special………?

  4. Braveheart says:

    Montgomery has entered into a mess of high profile plea deals recently.

    The story of the mother who left her 3 small children alone in a hot car while on a job interview, wrongly played on the heartstrings of saps who donated well over $114,000 to assist her. Montgomery ordered that she use the money to set up education trusts for her children. Instead, she spent a good portion of the money, and failed to comply with the order. She rightly faced child abuse charges. I later read that Montgomery has given her “1 more chance.”

    He also entered into a plea deal in the case of the doctor who carried his AR-15 rifle through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport causing a ruckus and resulting in his arrest.

    It looks as though Monty is setting the stage for a plead deal in the Flake case.

    • GOP PC says:

      Of course. Who in their right mind thinks the politically ambitious Montgomery wants to get crossways with Austin Flake’s US Senator daddy? Watch and wait. This case will evaporate.
      But Attorney General Tom Horne (who has no blood on his hands) is still subject to Montgomery’s bizarre wrath.

    • Vince says:

      If you’re right, and I hope you’re not, the hew and cry from not only the grieving pet owners but from Arizona residents in general, will be heard far and wide. Most of us have pets we cherish. Montgomery will have to weigh his concerns about appeasing Jeff Flake with the hostility of the voters he’ll need when he runs for higher office.

      He’s endorsed enough politicians this last election cycle to fill a small town, but each of them has one vote. Their gratitude won’t be enough to save his ass. He’s already lost me with his switcheroo on illegal immigration. Just like McCain, Kyl and Flake, Montgomery told us one thing while running and another once elected. Sorry, dude. Get McCain to vote for you. I’ll be otherwise ocupado.

  5. azgary says:


    why isn’t there an automatic check to see if people running for office have outstanding warrants?

    “Warrant out for arrest of newly elected legislator

    PHOENIX (AP) — A newly elected Arizona legislator is sought on a warrant stemming from failure to pay fines from traffic violations in 2010.

    The Arizona Capitol Times ( ) reports that the arrest warrant issued in 2013 stems from Rep.-elect Ceci Velasquez’s failure to make a $100 payment on more than $2,000 in fines.

    Velasquez is a Litchfield Park Democrat who won a race for a House seat from Legislative District 29 in the Nov. 6 general election.

    The fines were levied against Velasquez in Florence Municipal Court for driving on a suspending license, for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and for not having required insurance for the vehicle.

    Velazquez says she made a mistake that she will take care of the situation so she can focus on starting her legislative term in January.”

  6. chick20112011 says:

    Shocked she’s not already expecting. I expected this to happen before the first court date.