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A California elementary school teacher was taken into custody Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after police discovered hundreds of dead ball pythons in his home, according to the Los Angeles Times. Only a few live snakes were recovered from the property. The neighbors of William Buchman, 53, had complained about the rancid smell emanating from his house in Santa Ana, Calif., for the past several months. In addition to the stench, they noticed that Buchman had become increasingly reclusive after the recent death of his mother. The Times reported that Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna was standing about 200 to 300 feet away from Buchman's home as officers were executing their sear...

More than 1,600 people have signed a petition seeking the resignation of a Raleigh, N.C., animal shelter's director. The petition was created after 61 sick cats from an animal hoarder's home were euthanized at the Wake County Animal Center. Jennifer Federico, the director of the Wake County Animal Center, said that many of the cats pulled from the hoarder's home were sick with upper respiratory problems and other ailments, and that there was a risk of infecting other animals in the shelter, which was already full. Rachel Anderson, an independent animal rescue volunteer, started the petition calling for Federico's resignation. "We would like to understand what they mean by, 'They're so s...

Animal-welfare groups rescued 161 cats from a single Colorado Springs, Colo. home on Tuesday, according to Yahoo News. It is being called one of the largest animal rescue attempts in Colorado's history. Thirteen different groups teamed up to execute the removal effort, which began at 2 p.m. and took four hours. The cats were found in large kennels, and were observed to be relatively well cared for, although a few were suffering from eye infections, and all need to be spayed or neutered. The rescue groups agreed to keep secret the identi...

It might seem difficult, if not impossible, to imagine that anyone could keep 841 goats without authorities noticing. But Santa Cruz Biotechnology, a major supplier of antibodies and other materials used by molecular biology labs worldwide, was able to do just that for at least two and a half years. "That's virtually unheard of in my career," Cathy Liss, president of the Animal Welfare Institute, who has been working for them since 1982, tells Nature. A December 2012 report by USDA inspectors says that ...

Sometimes it pays to be a tattletale. According to WGN-TV, neighbors' complaints about a strong and nauseating odor coming from a Berwyn, Ill. home led officials to investigate. What they found was a house covered in filth and filled with cats, animal feces and clutter. Once authorities were aware of the situation, Animal Care and Control was called in to start removing animals from the home, which Police Cmdr. Michael Cimaglia told the Chicago Tribune is "uninhabitable." A large number of animals were somehow living there. Officials have already pulled over 60 cats, 3 dogs and 2 opossums from the residence since Monday. Those doing the work say that they expect to find at least a do...

An Ohio woman's home living conditions are being described as those of a "puppy mill/hoarder" after animal-control officers made an upsetting find at her home. According to WTVR-TV, officials found 200 birds, 50 quails, 33 dogs, and several cats and bunnies in filthy conditions at the Ohio resident's home. Authorities were tipped off about the inhumane situation thanks to a call that came in to animal control complaining about the home. Officials, including Officer Julie Koick, obtained a search warrant to investigate the health of the animals at the residence. RELATED: Amazing Animals That Beat the Odds Koick told WTVR-TV that in her seven years with animal control, this situation was b...