Bill Montgomery’s change of heart on animal cruelty

The Editorial Board of the daily newspaper has opined in unison on House Bill 2242, which seeks to elevate the punishment for “cruel mistreatment” of a domestic animal to a type of felony that can’t be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Examples of such heinous abuse are detailed in the editorial. Few would disagree with the intent of such legislation.

What is odd, however, is that the bill is sponsored by a lone state Representative at the specific request of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

This is the same Bill Montgomery who punted on the deaths of 23 dogs who died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small, steamy utility room in which they were crammed together without food, water or cool air in the scorching heat of June 21, 2014. The family pets were boarded at Green Acre kennel and left in the care of incompetents Austin Flake, son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, and Austin’s then-wife Logan. The kennel was owned by Logan’s mother and step-father, who were vacationing out-of-state.

After a lengthy and intense investigation —- even consulting with out-of-state experts, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio recommended criminal prosecution on 23 felony animal neglect charges against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes and their daughter and son-n-law Logan and Austin Flake.

 When the Flake’s discovered the dead and dying dogs, they did not call a veterinarian. Instead they hosed them down in an effort to cool them and  then callously stacked the dead carcasses like cordwood in a storage shed on the property. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a champion of animals, had an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit as part of his office for over a decade. He forwarded  charges of animal neglect and cruelty to Montgomery, recommending numerous felony charges in connection with the horrific abuse.

As we wrote in this September 2014 postBill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place,” bringing charges against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son, daughter-in-law and her parents, did not fit into Montgomery’s long-range career goals.

Montgomery went mute after his insulting press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all — enraging the pet owners and the community at large.

A Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted both couples. And whaddya know?  Montgomery dropped all felony charges against Austin and Logan, now divorced. That left them free to sue Maricopa County taxpayers and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations, claiming they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by the investigation.

As onetime shirttail relatives of Sen. Jeff Flake, Todd and MaLeisa Hughes were more expendable. They spent 60 days in jail and will serve six years probation.

And HB2242? It appears to be headed to the bill graveyard after dairy, farm and cattle grower lobbyists have stepped up to oppose it. On Legislative site, click “RTS Current Bill Positions,” and plug in HB2242.

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10 Responses to Bill Montgomery’s change of heart on animal cruelty

  1. Jakesez says:

    Having spent a good portion of my life in law enforcement I have a saying that I live by and believe in. “What is right for you should be right for me and what is wrong for me should be wrong for you.” I think this is quite appropriate in this instance.

  2. Observer says:

    When politicians alter their hard held position on issues such as this, I am disinclined to trust their motives. There is always something going on out of public view that influences them.

  3. Army Of One says:

    Montgomery’s easy ability to be slippery puts me on edge. He’s the ideal establishment cohort. When I listened to his conversation with Don Stapley that Stapley secretly taped I lost whatever respect I had ever had for Montgomery. As a military academy graduate he’s supposed to be an officer and a gentleman. He’s fallen far short of in the “gentleman” category.

    The taped conversation where he brutally slams Sheriff Arpaio while trying to ingratiate himself to scumbag Stapely is available at the Phoenix New Times:
    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/bill-montgomery-arpaio-backed-candidate-for-county-attorney-highly-critical-of-sheriff-and-andrew-thomas-6643808

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      Once in office, he never appeared to be ‘tough on crime.’ He’s a politician. I was hoping for the best with his background, but the standards aren’t what they used to be at the military academies.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Arizona has a problem with animal hoarders and puppy mills.
    Hoarding has to do with psychological illness and puppy mills come about because of greedy, heartless people.

    Sheriff Joe worked hard to investigate animal abuse.
    I have no doubt that Pansy Penzone will work just as hard to dismantle programs instituted by Sheriff Joe.

    As to Montgomery, he seems to be serving at least two masters who are Not us.

    Isn’t a shame that the most vulnerable—whether it be people or animals—are dependent on politicians who either make and enforce laws to protect them or merely use them in campaign speeches and then forget them.

    Maybe when it is their time to cross over The Rainbow Bridge there will only be hungry pit bulls waiting for them on the other side.

  5. Frankly Speaking says:

    Soros’ puppet Sheriff Paul Penzone has dismantled Sheriff Arpaio’s efficient and effective Animal Crimes Investigations Unit. Why am I not surprised? Penzone’s objective is to repay the globalist billionaire for funding his campaign. Gross mistreatment of animals doesn’t enter into that equation.

  6. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    I see that a “growing number of Republicans” are joining the Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi led Democrats asking for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s head on a silver platter. John McAwful, his boy toy Lindsey McGrahamnesty and Jeff the Flake haven’t joined the gaggle yet. How much longer? Days or hours? I’m betting on hours. The single thing they all have in common is the inability to resist a camera or mic when thy can rip conservatives

  7. Patriot Dad says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to find out that Montgomery was publicly on one side of this issue and privately on the other. That way he can be all things to all the players.

  8. Conservative Since Birth says:

    The fix is in.

    Judge, not jury will decide in Arpaio criminal contempt case – ABC15 Arizona
    http://www.abc15.com/news/crime/judge-not-jury-will-decide-in-arpaio-criminal-contempt-case