Gilbert dog kennel deaths: Did dog caretaker like animals?

GILBERT, AZ - Several dog owners whose animals died at the Green Acre kennel in Gilbert now wonder if one of the animals’ caretakers liked being around dogs.

Maleisa Hughes owns the facility with her husband, Todd.

According to maleisahughes.blogspot.com , Hughes’ daughter Logan Flake has never liked animals.

Logan and her husband, Austin, were in charge at the kennel during the incident that killed more than 20 dogs.

Austin is Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s son.

According to the 2010 blog entry, Logan is someone who has “not historically loved animals.”

The blog detailed how Logan did make an effort, caring for some kittens.

But it also states that Hughes' other daughters are compassionate and loving toward animals, while Logan “is not and never has been.”

David Gillette and his wife Shannon had two dogs die at Green Acre.

Had they known about Logan’s feelings toward animals and that she would be caring for the animals instead of Maleisa and Todd, the Gillettes “would have never” had their animals at the facility, David said.

Maleisa did not reply when asked in person for comment about the blog outside her home Thursday night.

A telephone number for Logan was not available.

No one has been charged in the case.                           

The Hughes' have maintained that a dog chewed through an electrical wire, cutting the air conditioning to a room in which dozens of dogs were being housed overnight. Maleisa previously stated that the incident was a “horrible accident.”

Logan won a settlement in a dog bite case against Mesa Public Schools, according to a 2009 court filing.

The school district declined to release details of the incident.

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