SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County teacher was arrested Wednesday for felony animal cruelty after hundreds of pythons and rodents were found inside his home in “deplorable conditions”.
William Buchman, 53, a sixth-grade teacher at Mariner Elementary School in Newport Beach, was taken into custody after police and animal services served a search warrant at his home in the 2900 block of Fernwood Drive in Santa Ana, authorities said.
Neighbors reported a horrible smell coming from the residence for a long time, and once inside, authorities discovered hundreds of live and dead snakes, rats and mice, Santa Ana police said.
“The stench is overwhelming,” neighbor Forest Long, Jr. said. “It smells like something’s dead.”
KNX1070’s Margaret Carrero reports an upwards of 400 snakes were found in various stages of decay, including 50 dead ones and seven live ones in just one of the five rooms in the home.