Posted Jan 29, 2014 06:45 pm CST
Police executing a search warrant Wednesday at the home of a California elementary school teacher found up to 400 pythons there, some of which were alive.
Neighbors’ complaints about a foul odor led to an investigation of the unidentified Santa Ana man by the city’s animal control department and the discovery of the snakes, as well as a number of rats and mice apparently used to feed them. Their owner was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies, including animal cruelty, according to the Los Angeles Times and KTLA.
“The standard of the care and feeding of these snakes is not up to par,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana police told the station.