Senator Jeff Flake's son is filing a lawsuit against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Austin Flake is claiming Arpaio pursued felony animal cruelty charges against him and his ex-wife for publicity and political gain.
Three years ago, Flake and his former wife were watching a kennel owned by her parents when an air conditioning unit fail and 21 dogs died from heat exhaustion.
According to the lawsuit, the charges were an attempt to damage his father's career. The charges against Flake and his ex-wife were eventually dropped at the request of prosecutors.