Several pets were taken from a home near Loop 101 and Chaparral because the homeowner was neglecting the animals, police said.
The Arizona Humane Society learned that the homeowner was in a hospital having a procedure done and wasn't caring for the animals.
When authorities arrived at the house, they found over a dozen turtles the backyard, of which five were dead.
A dog and dozens of birds were also taken from the home.
The owner, 70-year-old Howard Mitchell, is facing multiple counts of cruelty to animals.
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