Last week a 31-year-old Phoenix man who had temporary responsiblity for the care of his recently deceased brother’s dog was arrested for allowing the pet to dehydrate and ultimately die. The dog was caged outdoors and succumbed to heat related dehydration, according to a veterinarian’s post mortem examination.
The man told officers he had given the female pug food and water when he came home during his lunch break. When he returned later that day the dog was dead. He was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty and subsequently posted bond. His initial court appearance is set for Thursday, June 4.
He is not related to any politicians.
Will he be treated in a similar manner to U.S. Senator Jeff Flake’s son Austin, and daughter-in-law Logan, who were solely responsible for the agonizing heat related deaths of nearly two dozen family pets entrusted to their care at Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert? The pets were crammed into a small room overnight without food, water or air-conditioning. As the horrific situation unfolded, numerous lies were told to the pet owners.
The now closed facility, advertised as “cage free,” was owned by Logan Flake’s vacationing mother and step-father. That appalling incident took place just a year ago this month. Both couples were indicted by a Maricopa County Grand Jury. Defendants Austin and Logan Flake were each charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, Logan Flake‘s parents were also charged.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who saw his future political ambitions evaporating before his eyes, diddled and dawdled over this problematic case, finally dismissing all 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty against Austin and Logan. To express their gratitude, they’re now suing the taxpayers of Maricopa County seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations, claiming they were targeted and their sterling characters were besmirched by the investigation.
Will the Phoenix man caring for his brother’s pet get the same kid glove treatment if his case is forwarded to the Maricopa County Attorney?