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Updated Jan 11, 2017 - 1:02 pm

Phoenix-area woman with 11 cats suspected of animal abuse, neglect

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area woman who owned at least 11 cats was arrested on suspicion of¬†animal abuse and neglect on Tuesday, officials said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said at least one cat was found dead at the home of 72-year-old Joan Irene Reynolds.

Sheriff’s deputies received complaints about the home — located near Glendale Avenue and El Mirage Road in Glendale — on Monday. They said the cats living in Reynolds’ home were malnourished and in poor health. A dog was also found.

She told deputies she had stored one dead cat in a plastic bag outside the home for several months.

The living conditions inside the home posed a danger to Reynolds, the cats and anyone who entered the home.

The animals were seized and taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Reynolds does not have any family. She was working with social services to find another place to live.

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