PHOENIX — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for the owners of an Arizona kennel where 23 dogs died of heat exhaustion (all times local):

5 p.m.

A couple convicted of animal cruelty in the heat-exhaustion deaths of 23 dogs at their Gilbert kennel two years ago has been was sentenced to staggered 60-day jail sentences.

Kennel owners Jesse Todd Hughes and Maleisa Maurine Hughes apologized to the dog owners Friday shortly before the sentences were handed down in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Jesse Hughes will start his jail term immediately while his wife will start her sentence in January.

The couple also was each sentenced to six years of supervised probation and 230 hours of community service.

The case brought by county Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office gained notoriety because Maleisa Hughes’ then-son-in-law is the son of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

Austin Flake and Maleisa Hughes’ daughter were taking care of the dogs while the kennel owners were in Florida.

The young couple was charged animal cruelty, but prosecutors eventually dismissed the case against them.

Austin Flake alleges in a lawsuit that Arpaio injured his reputation by publicizing trumped-up accusations over the June 2014 animal deaths.

1:30 p.m.

Some of the owners of 23 dogs that died at an Arizona kennel two years ago have urged a judge to impose a stiffer sentence than punishment called for in a plea deal taken by the boarding facility’s operators.

Kennel owners Jesse Todd Hughes and Maleisa Maurine Hughes are undergoing a sentencing hearing Friday for their guilty pleas to animal cruelty and facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes.

The dogs died at the kennel while the couple was out of town and were left in the care of their college-age daughter and her husband.

The plea deal called for the Hugheses to serve a 23-day jail sentence, write an apology to the dog owners and barred them from operating a kennel.

Several dog owners told the judge that they regarded their pets as family members.

2:56 a.m.

The owners of a Gilbert kennel where 23 dogs died of heat exhaustion are scheduled to be sentenced Friday for their guilty pleas in the case.

Jesse and Malesia Hughes each agreed to serve 23 days in jail when pleading guilty in June to animal cruelty and facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes.

The case brought by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office gained notoriety because the couple’s then-son-in-law, who is the college-age son of Sen. Jeff Flake, and his wife were taking care of the dogs while the kennel owners were out of town.

The young couple was charged animal cruelty, but prosecutors eventually dismissed the case against them.

Austin Flake alleges in a lawsuit that Arpaio injured his reputation by publicizing trumped-up accusations over the 2014 animal deaths.