The animals were found in the freezer in the garage after a woman reported that she had not returned the snakes she had lent to Michael Patrick Turland for breeding, Arizona law enforcement said in a statement.
The freezer was in a house Turland had previously rented in Golden Valley, a rural neighborhood in western Arizona.
Allegedly, dogs, turtles, lizards, birds, snakes, mice, rats and rabbits were found among the frozen animals.
A statement from the sheriff’s office said several animals appeared to be frozen alive due to their body position and were stored in an oversized freezer.
The owner said he found the frozen animals cleaning up after Turland and his wife vacated the property.
Proceedings were initiated against Turland on the charge of animal torture.
Source: TRT Haber