- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The owners of a Gilbert kennel where 21 dogs died of heat exhaustion will serve less than a month in jail.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Jesse and Maleisa Hughes pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of cruelty to animals.

Under the plea agreement, they will each serve 23 days.

They will be sentenced Sept. 9.

Authorities found the dogs dead in June 2014. They were in the care of the couple’s daughter, Logan, and her husband, Austin Flake, the son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.

Austin Flake and his wife filed a lawsuit last year against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the county, alleging that the lawman pursued animal cruelty charges against him to politically damage to the senator and gain publicity.

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