Pinellas County, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A Pinellas County man has been arrested after he asked a woman to grab beer from his freezer and she instead found multiple kittens in sandwich bags.

WUSF-TV reports Rodney J. Blanchard, 49, was charged with four-counts of animal cruelty and one-count of battery after the female visitor, Eva Mulder, discovered the live kittens. Mulder heard the animals making noises, she confirmed they were kittens, and then attempted to remove them. But Blanchard shoved her aside and ordered her out of his home.

Mulder returned to her home and notified the Sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrived at his 46th Avenue North residence to conduct a welfare check on the animals and they heard the kittens meowing as they approached the freezer. They opened the door to find four kittens individually packed in plastic sandwich bags.

One of the kittens died, WUSF reports.

Deputies gathered and wrapped the kittens in a blanket to keep them warm. Deputies also observed the kittens were covered with fleas. All were cold to the touch and shaking, Bay News 9 reported. Deputies transported the kittens to the Emergency Care Center at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist in Largo for further care.

The SPCA responded to the scene and the kittens are currently in their custody.

An adult cat was found in the home unharmed. This cat is also in the custody of SPCA.


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