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Teacher charged with cruelty after 400 pythons found in home

Teacher charged with cruelty after 400 pythons found in home

A Newport Beach grade school teacher who bred snakes as a hobby was arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than 400 ball pythons — some alive, many dead — scattered throughout his cluttered home. Animal control officers said it took much of the day to conduct a room-by-room search of the five-bedroom home in a Santa Ana neighborhood where residents had complained for months about the foul smell drifting from the home. Wearing gas masks and holding Tasers, investigators discovered 404 nonvenomous snakes — more than half of them dead — in clear plastic containers with labels reading "pastel reaper," "cinny...

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