Bill Montgomery slams victims of Flake’s deadly negligence

Nearly two dozen dead dogs — and now their owners —- kicked to the curb by ambitious Maricopa County Attorney

In an obviously benevolent mood just days before Christmas, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery dismissed charges of animal cruelty against the caretakers at Green Acre Boarding Facility. It was in the unrelenting swelter of late June when twenty-three dogs suffered horrific, heat-related suffocation deaths at the kennel. The dogs were crammed in a small laundry room overnight without air conditioning, food or water.

Montgomery’s December media release was awash with legal double talk as he struggled to defend the indefensible.

Fast forward to last week when Montgomery, the suddenly publicity-shy county attorney cancelled his scheduled meeting with representatives of the larger group of pet owners and their attorney, John Schill —- reportedly due to media hype surrounding the meeting. Montgomery’s office has yet to release a statement on the abrupt cancellation. The owners were expecting to meet with him to discuss his decision to dismiss the animal cruelty charges against the owners and caretakers of the boarding facility.

But don’t mistake his reticence. It was merely the calm before the storm that he exhibited in a press conference in which he snarled at the families who lost their beloved dogs.

“This is just an effort to further their civil suit and identify deep pockets. I’m not going to contribute to that kind of hysteria,” Montgomery huffed. “They’re parading children in front of cameras with framed pictures of their pets, I don’t see that in gruesome criminal cases.” He added, “If my goal was to pander to a particular group of people, or pander to a particular group of victims, it would be very easy to sit back and let a court tell us what to do,” said Montgomery. 

He was no doubt referring to the October 15, 2014 indictment handed down by a Maricopa County Grand Jury.

Keep in mind these were not just run-of-the-mill defendants. Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, were each originally charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals —- now all dropped. Only a single count of fraud remains against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, Logan Flake‘s parents. The Hughes were vacationing and left the incompetent Flake’s in charge of their home-based pet boarding business.

The politically ambitious Bill Montgomery is cunning but still exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent during a Sept. 10 press conference. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said at the time. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.”

In September we prophetically posted “Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place.”  We were right then.

We were correct again when, for the first time since the June 2007 launch of Seeing Red AZ we were moved to use the term, “what a load of horse pucky,” in “Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time.” In that post we pointed out the negative impact bringing this case to trial would have on Montgomery’s lofty political aspirations. He will deflect and obfuscate, but don’t expect integrity.

24 Responses to Bill Montgomery slams victims of Flake’s deadly negligence

  1. John Liberty says:

    So let’s ask a simple question … Where did we see this happen before? The case of voter intimidation in Philadelphia against the New Black Panther Party … when after they pled guilty .. the case was dropped by Holder. Pets are children to the owner Mr. Montgomery, they just don’t pay your salary by taxes.

  2. Frankly Speaking says:

    The bottom line? Bill Montgomery was an early endorser of Jeff Flake’s when Flake ran for the senate. He doesn’t want to get on his wrong side now by charging his son and daughter-in-law with multiple and serious crimes that could put them behind bars. Montgomery will twist himself into a pretzel coming up with reasons not to pursue a case against them. As we have seen, he will even sell his soul.

  3. MacBeth says:

    Bill Montgomery hasn’t earned the name McMontgomery for no reason. He is part and parcel of the establishment and has his sights set on higher office. My guess is he wants to be Jeff Flake’s senate seatmate when McCain finally moves on. That’s unlikely this next time around and Montgomery has to know how bad his cozying up to the senators looks. But throwing caution to the winds and deflecting blame on the justice seeking pet owners instead of the actual perpetrators is the choice he has decided to make.

  4. ZOO says:

    That “deep pockets” crack is abominable. Even if the Hughes carry liability insurance for their “business”, they are likely woefully under-insured for such a catastrophic loss. Is Four Eyes referring to the pockets of Daddy Flake? As McCain/Flake supporters would say……”conflict-o of interest-o.”

    • American Dad says:

      Another excellent summary, ZOO!!!
      It appears McCain is gearing up for his last senate roundup. McCain will be 79 this year. The senate terms are six years long. If he makes it to 85, I’ll wager he will step down before his term expires and Montgomery will top the list of replacements. Then again, Sen. Robert Byrd stayed until he was 92. In the event McAwful doesn’t complete another term, Doug McDucey would be the one to select a replacement. We’re screwed in every direction.

  5. Maggie says:

    If McCain actually runs again, dutiful politico McMontgomery will be devastated. Spending years as a bridesmaid instead of getting to be the bride, gets old. Montgomery is getting grayer and longer in the tooth waiting.

  6. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    I do believe there needs to be justice done, so some should work on I suppose a civil suit against the county and believe they’d need standing to do so, probably owners of the pets or a concerned citizen group as apparently talking is going to go nowhere, most of these folks just understand court filings. God Bless You; Van

  7. East Valley PC says:

    Hey! Wait a minute!! There’s another angle you all seem to be missing. My bet is US Rep. David Schweikert (or Gosar or Salmon??) will challenge McCain. If that happens and McCain is finally tossed, Montgomery will be out of the loop altogether. Then what? Would he run for Congress? He doesn’t have the cajones to challenge McCain himself, plus he’s alienated too many conservatives with his blatant politically motivated shenanigans.

    • AZ Conservative Guy says:

      You mean KNOWLEDGEABLE conservatives or you’re confusing RINOs with conservatives. I noticed the newly recruited McCain aligned PCs applauded this slickster at the Maricopa County GOP meeting last week. Not a single conservative that I know in my district put their hands together for him. It was Joe Arpaio who got not only applause, but TWO STANDING OVATIONS !!

  8. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    The only Federal Elected office holder that may challenge McCain might be Gosar and that’s probably not going to happen and as far as conservative well, I’m trying to understand how our Reps. vote for CISPA, NDAA, NSA, Boehner, HR5758 and more and are called conservatives, the AZ GOP needs to look long and hard and find someone the Title fits that has a record of supporting the US Constitution and Platform and that won’t be easy, not will raising the monies needed to run against McCain or someone he may hand pick. God Bless You All; Van

  9. Clementine says:

    I wonder how these dog loving celebrities showing off their beloved pups at the World Dog Awards would feel about Bill Montgomery or the flaky Flakes and their kin?
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/paw-paparazzi-note-world-dog-awards-honor-star-28216107

  10. Linda Gray says:

    I’m no lawyer, but didn’t Montgomery just commit slander by stating, as fact, that the families’ pursuit of justice is “just an effort to further their civil suit and identify deep pockets”?

  11. Hagar says:

    If there are slimy shenanigans going on in Arizona, you can bet Flake has his hand in it somehow.

  12. Nilah Walder says:

    Montgomery needs to pack up his office because now his mouth has gotten him in EVEN MORE trouble!! How dare you Bill talk about these families like this??? Montgomery is the poster child for CORRUPT COUNTY ATTORNEYS!! I remember when I saw that name FLAKE before the elections, I told my mom “I would NOT want to be a politician with a name like FLAKE” He keeps Kellogs in business!!! Starting a petition to throw Bill out on his lying a&%!!!

  13. Phyllis Zelms says:

    Montgomery does not deserve the job he has. I hope he (three words deleted by SRAZ) and the people vote him out of office. As for the Flakes I hope the daddy is voted out of office also. Such a shame. The only consolation in all of this is that this family will no longer be able to board or kill anymore animals. Nothing can bring those fur babies back but it is a shame that no one is being held accountable because of politics!

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      To ensure your voice is heard, arm yourself with information about the candidates and vote!! Encourage your friends to vote. ALL elections are important.

    • Linda Gray says:

      They certainly CAN continue to board animals. Only a criminal conviction could prohibit them from doing that going forward–and that’s only if the judge chooses to impose that prohibition as part of their sentence. But no trial = no criminal conviction = no way of stopping them from boarding animals in the future.

  14. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    I agree Sen. Flake needs to be replaced at the first opportunity, however why did AZ vote for him to begin with and re elect Montgomery? There was plenty of information out there about both of them and still won, so all this energy needs to focus their time & $$$$$$$$$$ on replacing them as it won’t be an easy task, wish you all well in your endeavor. God Bless You All; Van

  15. Eddie Martinez says:

    What an Ass! So much for being impartial in the justice system and letting a jury decide what will happen! Who is he to decide the fate of the defendants! So Arizona to say one thing and do another! Hate the politics here!!!

  16. Janet Crook says:

    Montgomery lost the dog people’s vote as long as anyone remembers this outrage