Gilbert 23 case: Owners appear in court

Attorneys for the owner of a Gilbert dog boarding facility were back in court, trying to convince a judge to send the case back to a grand jury. The claim is that some evidence was misrepresented when the owners were initially charged.
The prosecution is denying those claims. Defense attorneys believe the grand jury may decide not to indict the two owners.
Todd and Maleisa Hughes have been charged with animal cruelty and fraud. They are the owners of the boarding facility where more than 20 dogs died back in June of 2014.
Attorneys say the grand jury was misled by prosecutors and detectives about the circumstances surrounding the dogs deaths.
In court, both sides got to present their reasons why the case should, and should not, be sent back to the grand jury.
The dog owners say after waiting more than a year, they are ready to see the case move forward.
"It's absolutely miserable. It has been an emotional roller coaster. Every time we have to come here; we have to bring up these feelings again. Feelings of anger, and feelings of sadness," said Valerie Collins.
"I feel like they are grasping at straws to be honest with you. They are trying to make any argument that would stick, and nothing is sticking at this time. I am confident this case is going to go forward," said John Schill.
The judge promised a decision soon. Both sides are due back in court in December to argue a motion to dismiss the case.
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