California teacher who hoarded 400 pythons pleads guilty, can't have pet for 5 years

The Associated Press
July 10, 2014 06:53 PM

FILE - This undated image provided by the Santa Ana Police Department shows William Buchman. On Thursday, July 10, 2014, he pleaded guilty to animal neglect, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and can't have a pet for five years. In January 2014 reports of a vile smell at his Santa Ana home led to the discovery of about 400 pythons, including 280 that were dead or dying. (AP Photo/Santa Ana Police Department)

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California teacher who had 400 snakes in his home, many of them dead or dying, has pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper care for them.

William Buchman entered the misdemeanour plea Thursday in Orange County and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. He also can't have a pet for five years and is paying $17,000 in restitution for animal care.

In January, reports of a vile smell at his home led to the discovery of the ball pythons, including 280 that were dead or dying.

His attorney, Paul Meyer, says Buchman fell into severe depression following his mother's death and that led to the neglect.

The surviving snakes have new homes in schools and a zoo.


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