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Sen. Flake's son loses lawsuit against former sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Austin Flake and his then-wife, Logan, were in charge of the dogs while his in-laws were out of town. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Austin Flake and his then-wife, Logan, were in charge of the dogs while his in-laws were out of town. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A civil trial pitting one of Sen. Jeff Flake's sons against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is over, according to reports.

12 News in Phoenix said the jury found in Arpaio's favor in a lawsuit claiming malicious prosecution in a now-dismissed animal cruelty case.

Austin Flake and his then-wife Logan Brown were charged with animal cruelty in the 2014 heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by Flake's in-laws.

READ MORE: Arpaio unable to cite evidence in case vs. Sen. Flake's son I Arpaio to supporters: Should I run for Senate?Sen. Jeff Flake, vocal Trump critic, won't seek re-election I Kennel owners each get 60 days in jail for deaths of 23 dogsAnimal abuse charges dropped against Gilbert boarding facility

The Flakes were caring for the dogs while the in-laws were out of town.

The case against the Flakes was dismissed at the request of prosecutors, and the kennel owners pleaded guilty to charges after an expert determined the facility's air conditioner failed because the operators didn't properly maintain it.

Arpaio was unable during his testimony last week to cite any evidence to back up the charges against Flake and Brown.

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