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Deputies: Man Froze Kittens in Sandwich Bags

One kitten is dead and three are at the Emergency Care Center At Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist in Largo. The suspect has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty.

Eva Mulder was visiting 49-year-old Rodney J. Blanchard at his home when he asked her to get a beer out of the freezer. When she opened the freezer door, she didn't find any beer.

She found four kittens inside, wrapped in individual sandwich bags, on the bottom shelf.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Mulder tried to get the kittens out of the freezer before they died, when Blanchard allegedly pushed her and forced her out of his home. 

Mulder returned home and immediately called authorities. 

Pinellas deputies went to Blanchard’s home, at 7570 46th Ave. N., to conduct a welfare check. As deputies approached the freezer, they said they could hear the kittens meow. 

Deputies arrested Blanchard and charged him with four counts of animal cruelty and one-count battery for pushing Mulder. 

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, deputies gathered all four kittens and wrapped them in a blanket to warm them. They were shivering and infested with fleas.

One of the kittens, a female calico, was unresponsive and declared dead. The three others – all orange and white males – were transported to the Emergency Care Center At Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist in Largo. They are believed to be about six weeks old.

An adult cat was found in the home unharmed. This cat is also in the custody of SPCA.  Two other outdoor cats were found in the vicinity of the home. They were also unharmed.

henry eroh December 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
def one ot the best gene pools (not) but just think of how many like them are out there-scary
CJ December 04, 2012 at 03:06 PM
However low the lot rent was at that trailer park, it just got cheaper.
Ollie320 December 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Who should we contact over there in St.Pete to make sure this guy is committed?? Unfortunately we can't execute him (which is what I would do if I were queen!)
Lars Olsen December 09, 2012 at 08:37 AM
This is an acceptable and humane way to euthanize sick kittens, according to my vet. It is painless. However it is not a way to dispose of healthy kittens just because you don't want them.
CJ December 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I do not believe you when you say a vet told you that. No way. Dying by freezing to death would be a terrible way to die. Acceptable? Painless? Torture and suffering ''is'' pain. You are nuts. Golly, ''Lars'', were your ancestors German SS at concentration camps? How can you say such things? Your last sentence hardly gets you off the hook for such a vile comment.

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