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Former Phoenix police officer is accused of animal cruelty, hoarding over 100 animals

NEW RIVER, Ariz. — A retired Phoenix police officer has been arrested and accused of 80 counts of animal cruelty.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say 61-year-old Andrea Mikkel was taken into custody after being detained last month for allegedly hoarding animals.

Complaints from neighbors led sheriff’s deputies to Mikkel’s property in New River where they reported finding more than 100 animals including alpaca and zebras.

Also seized were 15 birds, 16 cats, 11 dogs, a pig, a rabbit, two turkeys, a chicken and rooster, three pigeons, four miniature horses and two horses.

Authorities say many of the animals appeared to be underweight and in distress.

The Associated Press and KTAR’s Cooper Rummell contributed to this story.