Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced today that animal cruelty charges will be dropped against the four suspects in the Green Acre dog-death case.
Jesse and Maleisa Hughes are still being charged with fraud, but animal-cruelty charges are to be dropped.
One count of fraud remains against Jesse and Maleisa Hughes, owners of the Gilbert boarding facility where at least 23 dogs died overnight in June, Montgomery's office says. Austin Flake, son of Arizona U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, and his wife, Logan, daughter of Maleisa Hughes, appear to be completely off the hook. All four were indicted by a grand jury in late October following months of speculation and frustration over potential criminal charges in the dogs' deaths.
Prosecutors will ask that the animal-cruelty charges be dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be re-filed if new, incriminating information ever surfaces.More »