PHOENIX (AP) – The son of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake alleges Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pursued animal-cruelty charges against him in a bid to connect the senator to the criminal case and garner publicity for the lawman’s investigation.
A lawsuit filed Friday by Austin Flake and his wife stems from Arpaio’s investigation a year ago into the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by the younger Flake’s in-laws.
The young couple was in charge of the dogs while the kennel operators were out of town.
The case against the Flakes was dropped, but the in-laws were later re-indicted.
The Flakes’ attorney says the criminal case was part of a pattern in which Arpaio attacks other politicians to advance his career.
Arpaio says denies that the case was politically motivated.
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