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Four charged, including senator’s son, in dog deaths at Gilbert kennel

PHOENIX — Four people were charged Wednesday in the death of more than 20 dogs at a Gilbert animal boarding facility, including the son of an Arizona senator.

Todd Hughes and Malesia Maurine Hughes face 22 felony counts and seven misdemeanor accounts of cruelty to animals. Austin Flake, son of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and his wife, Logan, were charged with 21 felony counts and seven misdemeanor accounts of cruelty to animals. All were given an Oct. 23 court date.

“Today’s indictment is the result of a thorough review of the extensive investigation into this incident and a decision to seek charges based on objective facts,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a press release.

The owners of the animals filed a civil suit against the Green Acre Dog Boarding facility in September.