Joe Arpaio Not Buying Account from Jeff Flake's Son and Daughter-in-Law of How 20 Dogs Died

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A shed that held the bodies of the dogs that died at the Green Acres dog boarding facility.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the explanation given by the caretakers and owners of a Gilbert dog-boarding facility where 20 dogs died over the weekend "seems unreasonable."

The Sheriff's Office initially described the dogs' deaths at the Green Acres Boarding Facility as an accident, wherein a dog chewed through electrical wiring, killing the electricity and thus the air conditioning, leading to many of the dogs overheating by Friday morning.

Arpaio then announced at a press conference yesterday that MCSO actually had a lot of work to do on the case, including re-interviewing everyone involved. The Sheriff's Office later issued a press release declaring that Arpaio didn't believe the story provided by the owners, and the people who were supposed to be taking care of the dogs, Senator Jeff Flake's son and daughter-in-law.

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Photos provided by MCSO do show the severed wiring that's being blamed for the deaths.

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However, the explanation is that the dogs died from a lack of air conditioning overnight, which Arpaio isn't buying. He says "it seems unreasonable that dogs could be healthy at 11 p.m. at night and dead by 5:30 a.m. the next morning as the owners suggest."

"Even the veterinarian I met with today agrees that the timeline given by the owners and caretakers is highly suspect," Arpaio says.

The owners, Jesse and Malesia Hughes, were out of the state this week, and their home/pet-boarding business was left in the care of their relatives, Logan and Austin Flake. The Flakes discovered many of the dogs dead around 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

Although initially described as an accident, Arpaio insisted yesterday afternoon that the involvement of the Flake family of the incident has no impact at all on the investigation or recommendation of charges.

"We're going to conduct a professional investigation," Arpaio said.

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A view of the room where the dogs were kept.
Arpaio said he's spoken with several of the dog owners, who are going to have necropsies performed on their pets in an attempt to pin down their causes of death.

Additionally, Arpaio called out the owners for lying to pet owners after their dogs' deaths. The Hugheses had told at least one dog-owner that their pooch had run away, instead of baking to death in a hot room.

Photos released by the sheriff's office show the dogs' lifeless bodies arranged in a shed on the property.

Arpaio said there had been a few "minimal complaints" at the business in the past, but didn't have further information.

No one has been arrested or charged at this point.

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fsmith3
fsmith3

"We're going to conduct a professional investigation," Arpaio said.


(As soon as his "investigators" get back from the ongoing check on Obama's birth certificate, that is.

papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Two historical facts:  Jeff betrayed Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly by using them in a photo op and then voted, within hours, against a gun safety bill they had promoted.  He has two sons who are on record for disgusting, now lethal, behavior. He belongs to an old, entrenched mormon family, who are known among us who have lived in northern AZ for many years for arrogance. Although we revere some of the old ones, we have personal knowledge of molestation and other moral crimes.  This one is not atypical of the younger ones.  We have a son who served a mission and will not say anything but answer questions; he made that blood oath.  Something really stinks here [not the rotting, beautiful dogs] and if Jeff Flake were a man of honor, he would resign instead of covering his ass with a fraudulent senate office.


Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

I am guessing you people are full of partisan hate. The whole political gang warfare between the Demicrips and the Rebloodlicans makes me sick. Kill each other off already.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

A family making up a story for sensationalism is not the same as stating who someone happens to be related to. I'm not sure you understand what ethics is. Making up a story - unethical. Stating a fact (whether related to the story at hand or not) - ethical, even if not likable. There is a distinct difference.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

There's no dam criminal connection to the senator. It's just like when the media rushed that BS story about that disfigured girl being kicked out of KFC. Really, You people just dont like the senator and jump on any band wagon that makes him look bad. If you was in his situation. You'd probably be unhappy about it.

mephcosby
mephcosby

Crappy planning on behalf of the "business" owners. If you're going to put a bunch of dogs in a room, you're SUPPOSED to protect the first three feet or so of sheetrock with a layer of metal or thick polymer because dogs will inevitably try to "dig" their way out. That alone would cause me to find them 100% negligent if I were the judge.


And who leaves their livelihood in the hands of a couple of 21 year old CHILDREN who are probably too busy in Scottsdale bar-hopping and snorting white powder?

Lisa Fogel
Lisa Fogel

I don't know why the Flake name is not mentioned at all on the televised news reports.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

What does that have to do with the ethical part? It isn't a lie.

Aj Beach
Aj Beach

Why was there an exposed. Wire for the dogs to have access to? That hole in the wall looks like it's been round for awhile. I was thinking the pups chewed thru the wall and got a hold of a wire. Definitely not a safe environment.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

If you had a son that was a serial killer. Would you appreciate the media dragging your name into the mud?

Mike Lopez
Mike Lopez

Remember, Joe actually went after one of his own when an officer left his K 9 in his car.

xxxxx2
xxxxx2

It is very strange that on last night's 10p.m. news, Channel 15, news anchors never mentioned re: the Flake family being involved. Certainly they must have known as it was on the Internet sites earlier in the day.Why didn't Channel 15 do a mention?    Do they support Sen. Flake?

Steve Costa
Steve Costa

If Sheriff Joe puts a dirty politician's even dirtier son in jail I will have a new found respect for him and the whole Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

I respect those who deserve it. Joe has done nothing to earn mine. Neither have you, with your grade-school-level insult. I have great admiration for those who uphold the law the way it should be (as my brother did for many years), but none for those (like Joe) who take advantage of a position of authority.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

Why? Because you don't understand sarcasm? @henry godski

Henry Godski
Henry Godski

No Nic; No sarcasm here. It's called honesty, reality, and respect for the law and the Greatest Law Enforcement Official in the U.S.A.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

They are his sons, yes? Calling them what they are isn't unethical reporting.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

"In my opinion, I didn't think it was possible for Sheriff Joe to improve on his spectacular, respectable image..." Sarcasm? (she asked hopefully)

dadadadiox
dadadadiox

This place is a shit hole. Did the dog owners ever see the condition their dogs were being kenneled in? There's no chance I'd kennel my dog with a facility that penned several animals in one small room. The Hughes are irresponsible and neglectful. I hope they get what they deserve criminally and civilly.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

Joe cares about this but not the hundreds of cases of child abuse? Good for him.

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

Sex crimes? That doesn't happen in Arizona!! Whoever gets raped or molested in Arizona is because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, probably hanging out with the wrong people, drinking alcohol and doing drugs. Except if the victim is white and well-off and the predator is non-white; in that case, the victim was a good outstanding citizen and needs justice #sarcasm

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Senator Flake. He is being needlessly dragged into his kids problems.

Don Blank
Don Blank

where the hell is the water necessary for 20 dogs in a hot room, certainly not that little water dish?

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

I feel like a pretty good dad right now. As far as I know, my kids havent gone into racist or homophobic tirades, and they havent killed any dogs. Checkmark.

Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie
Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie

I"m glad he's doing this for the dogs and their owners-he should, just wish he had had the same vigilance with the sex crimes he ignored for years-many of which were against kids.

Andrew Vandersommen
Andrew Vandersommen

I am crazy lol. But if anyone on earth deserves a lead kiss, its that guy. Hes a horrible horrible person.

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Why? Because this is the United States. We tend to look down on whacking publicly elected officials. People who suggest it are commonly referred to as crazy psychos.

Jimi Gaskins
Jimi Gaskins

Is this the same Homophobic and Racist son from last year or is this family just full of some real winners??

comestherain
comestherain

Arpaio is taking after the Feds -- the fine art of diversion

Henry Godski
Henry Godski

GOOD; I didn't think he would. I'm sure many Maricopa County residents aren't buying it, and I'm damn sure the families of the poor innocent dogs aren't buying it.. In my opinion, I didn't think it was possible for Sheriff Joe to improve on his spectacular, respectable image, but to stand up to a fellow republican politician is commendable.

Adam Mandell
Adam Mandell

The guy and the family are obviously total morons!

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

This isn't the first dog to die in the care of a Flake family member. That is fact.

Jukes
Jukes

I'm not even a dog lover and I find it hard to believe that pet owners would find it appropriate to board their pets crammed into that dump, even if it had air conditioning.  For once maybe the MCSO will actually have to do its job given that even rabid conservatives love animals.  We know people dying in un-air-conditioned cages are of no interest to Sheriff Joe but perhaps the pets will get more respect.  But while the owners of the the Green Acres Boarding Facility might be brought up on charges, the Flake couple will walk.  I'd bet money on it.

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

I wouldn't let those flunkies feed my fish.

Andrew Vandersommen
Andrew Vandersommen

Good thing no one cares what joe arpaio thinks lol. Why hasnt someone whacked him yet anyway?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Pity this asshole Bozo Joe Arpaio doesn't put as much forth investigating the deaths of inmates in the County Jails by his own detention officers and deputies, instead of working so hard to cover up the truth that has cost the tax payers 50+ million of tax payer dollars, which continues to grow.


...and I think Flake is a POS as well.

Tara Bentley
Tara Bentley

I hope he does the right thing for once and goes after these owners of the boarding facilities.

xxxxx2
xxxxx2

What the heck. Mr. Sen. Flake faltered in someway, somehow in raising his sons in the ethics catorgory.  What kind of family is this?


Sheriff Joe is correct….There is something VERY suspicious going on here.


I cried when I read this story.  Someone has to held accountable for this!


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Arpaio's a criminal, a cockroach and a joke.

MCSO conducting a thorough investigation? HA! I have better odds of winning the lottery than of Arpaio EVER conducting a thorough investigation.

critterdhs05
critterdhs05

so just like how many times clitons or bush or obama kids were pulled into non-issues this wouldn't be an issue if crimmial charges were filed they shouldn't take this long. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

It does seem to be a favorite tactic for them both

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Jukes 

But of course they'll walk, they blow the right people.

xxxxx2
xxxxx2

Poor, poor sweet lovable innocent annimals.  Tears me apart being the animal lover I am.

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