Too many snakes, a messed up owner, and a HORRID smell. Police finally raid a house and find a disaster.
The smell wafting from the house was bad, to put it mildly. It was the result of more than 200 dead pythons, 200 still-living snakes, and a rodent infestation.
“House of Horrors: That’s the best way to describe it,” said Sondra Berg, supervisor for the Santa Ana Police Department’s Animal Services Division after coming out of the five-bedroom Orange County home of elementary school teacher William Buchman.
Buchman, 53, was arrested for investigation of neglect in the care of animals, police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, and remained in police custody late Wednesday.
There were more than 400 snakes in all — 180 live ones and at least 220 dead ones.
Some of the snakes were little more than skeletons. Others, only recently dead, were covered with flies and maggots.
The stench got so bad that some months earlier neighbors thought there was a dead person in the house. The man used to be on good terms with his neighbors but appeared to experience mental trauma after his mother passed. He had been breeding the snakes but they had been neglected over the past year, many resorting to cannibalism.