November 13, 2014 6:22 pm -

[su_right_ad]Austin Flake, son of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, pled not guilty.

Flake and his wife Logan were both arraigned and charged with 21 felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, after an alleged act of negligence caused nearly two dozen dogs, staying at a vacation kennel owned by his in-laws, to suffocate and die in a small, overheated room last June. “Some had been wrapped in blankets and left in front of the house,” reported the New York Times, noting that Green Acre Dog Boarding claimed that they only hosted a few dogs at a time. “More than a dozen others had been piled in a tool shed.”

The young couple were watching the dogs while Logan’s parents, MaLeisa and Jesse Todd Hughes, were on vacation in Florida. The Hugheses have also been charged with 22 counts of felony animal abuse, for not properly maintaining the air conditioning in the room where the dogs eventually died in the sweltering Arizona heat.

The case has rocked the town of Gilbert, and the owners of the dogs told the Times that they saw Flake and the Hugheses’ actions as a betrayal. “It looked perfect from the outside, but we were deceived from the moment we dropped our dogs off,” said Shannon Gillette, who lost two golden retrievers.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to GOP Senator’s Son Charged In Death Of 22 Dogs

  1. Kim Serrahn November 13th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I bet it’s not the first time animals have been abused by them.

  2. Tommy6860 November 13th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    It’s Arizona and life only matters (regardless of species) when it’s in the womb. And the outrage had this guy been the son of a democrat?

  3. tiredoftea November 13th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    This is so sad for the dog owners who trusted this bunch. They had a license to board dogs? There were inspections? Oh, sorry, it’s libertarian utopia there and I lost my head!

  4. tracey marie November 13th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    another vile repub with no respect for animals and will blame someone else

  5. Suzanne McFly November 13th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I can’t read this entire article, it affects me too much, but there is a special place in hell for anyone who hurts a helpless animal.

    • mea_mark November 13th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      I read the first sentence. Then it was, do I really need to read this any farther, nope. It is just horrible.

      • Doug Adams November 14th, 2014 at 11:24 am

        I agree. I save kitty cats and they have helped me in the past with a medical condition, not “Cat Scratch Fever” necessarily, though I have had that also, but to harm, what we call domestic pets, is a terrible thing to do, it shows an evil character. Peace

  6. neworleans878 November 13th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    He should be tried by the same jury in this cartoon:

  7. Jake November 14th, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Thanks Obama!

    • Doug Adams November 14th, 2014 at 11:27 am

      (Grumbling again) Same thing I was thinking.

  8. edmeyer_able November 14th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Perhaps he can persuade jan brewer to grant a pardon when all is said and done.

  9. pszymeczek November 14th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I live in Gilbert, and there is more to the story. The Flakes then LIED to the dogs’ owners and said that their pets had run away. Also, the only dog to be fed belonged to the Hugheses, the owners of the facility.