- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is weighing whether a grand jury should reconsider the case against the owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel where 21 dogs died of heat exhaustion and four others were injured.

Defense attorneys argued in Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday for a motion to remand the case involving the owners of Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert.

Attorney Garrett Smith says the dogs were never malnourished, disputing animal cruelty allegations.

Smith says law enforcement witnesses unfairly depicted Maleisa Maurine Hughes as deceptive in testimony.

Prosecutors say everything was presented impartially.

Maleisa Hughes and Jesse Todd Hughes are facing a new indictment following a new review of evidence in the June 2014 incident.

They pleaded not guilty in June to 29 counts of animal cruelty and fraud.

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