Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AZ-Bill Montgomery Maricopa County Attorney Drops Charges Against Green Acre Dog Owners of 20 Dog Deaths-Video

The owners of a Gilbert-area kennel where more than a dozen dogs dies last June pleaded not guilty to animal-cruelty allegations during a routine court appearance in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday morning.
Anthony A Marroquin,8:59 a.m. MST June 3, 2015
Hughes and MaLesia Hughes, the owners of Green Acre Dog Boarding, faced similar charges last year after 21 dogs were found dead from an apparent heat-related incident at their facility, but the animal-cruelty charges were dropped in December, leaving the couple to face fraud allegations. The Hughes were reindicted in May when prosecutors presented new evidence to a grand jury that suggested the kennel's air-conditioning unit had stopped working because of a dirty air filter.
The incident came to light on June 20,1014 when the Hugheses were on vacation and their daughter and son-in-law, Logan and Austin Flake, were left in charge of the facility. Austin Flake is the son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and he and his wife discovered the dead and dying animals in a room at the Gilbert-area business.

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