Couple in Gilbert 23 case accused of violating probation terms

GILBERT, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- It has been two years after the owners of Green Acre Kennel in Gilbert were sentenced to jail and probation for the deaths of 23 pets in their care, and FOX 10 has learned that earlier this month, a warrant for Malesia Hughes was issued, after officers say she violated her probation.

Now, Malesia and her husband, Jesse Hughes, are facing the possibility of another jail sentence.

The couple took a plea deal in 2016, and each were ordered to serve 60 days in jail, as well as completing three years of probation and 230 community service hours. According to court records, the couple is now being accused of new animal neglect charges involving their own pet Labrador Retrievers. One of the dogs died last year.

"The one got killed unfortunately, the other one has been getting out a lot. Definitely sad to see," said neighbor Austen Anderson.

Court records show that last year, a probation officer found the yellow Labrador wandering two houses away. Several months later, the officer confirmed that the same dog was left unsecured again, and died after getting hit by a car.

FOX 10's Nicole Garcia approached the Hughes residence Monday morning.

"Get all the way off my property, which goes all the way to the ditch. Off right now or I'll call the cops," Malesia said, after being asked for a comment.

In June, according to court records, the chocolate Labrador got stuck in an irrigation canal and a neighbor got it out before calling authorities.

Meanwhile, officers claim Malesia continues to be hostile toward them. An Animal Control officer asked Malesia for her ID while issuing a citation, and Malesia allegedly told the officer to "Google her, unless she was too stupid to know how to do this".

Several neighbors witnessed the confrontation.

"She was just screaming obscenities at the police officers, telling them they should not be here, it's not her fault they got out," said Anderson. She just screaming obscenities at the police officers. I think its definitely time to pay the price for what they've done, definitely, for the neglect and stuff I've seen."

Court records show Jesse has completed zero community service hours. As for Malesia, the same records show she has completed only two hours of court-ordered community service, as of last week. Both will be back in court on Thursday for a probation hearing.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the owners who lost their dogs in 2014 says prosecutors are seeking a longer jail sentence than the 60 days they already served.

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