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Man with kittens in freezer rooms with double
The next night, they were called to another mobile home park this one just down the street for a brutal animal cruelty case involving kittens individually wrapped in sandwich bags in a freezer.
Sheriff’s investigators say Francis James Bahr, 55, shot a man and woman at the Sunshine Mobile Home Park early Saturday morning. Bahr wanted a relationship with the woman, but had been rebuffed.
They arrested Damian William Blanchard, 24, late Monday after he returned to the home he shared with his father and Bahr in the Vagabond Mobile Home Park.
Blanchard was “directly involved” in the shootings and called the victims out of their home before they were shot, said Pinellas County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.
It is unclear whether Blanchard knew that less than 24 hours earlier, someone had found a bunch of kittens in his freezer or that his dad was jailed because of it.
The kittens were wrapped individually in sandwich bags, tucked on the bottom shelf of the freezer inside Ro Cheap Oakley Sunglasses dney J. Blanchard’s trailer.
Three orange and white ones all males were alive. A fourth, a calico and white female, had stopped breathing.
It isn’t clear how long the cats, estimated to be about 6 weeks old, were there before Rodney Blanchard’s friend Eva Mulder found them.
Mulder, 38, was visiting Rodney Blanchard, 49, on Sunday evening at his place, 7570 46th Ave. N, lot 175. At one point, Pinellas deputies said, he asked her to grab him a beer from the freezer.
Mulder found the kittens instead.
“She tried to take them out of the freezer,” Barreda said. “He wouldn’t let her.”
In fact, Rodney Blanchard kicked her out. Deputies soon arrived.
They heard meowing Cheap Oakley Sunglasses as they approached the freezer. They gathered the shivering, flea ridden kittens and wrapped them in a blanket.
The SPCA took custody of the kittens, as well as an unharmed adult cat found in the home.
Rodney Blanchard was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and misdemeanor battery. He told deput Cheap Oakley Sunglasses ies “he didn’t know what he was thinking,” Barreda said. “Then he said some statements to the effect of putting the cats in timeout.”
Jill Purl, an investigator with SPCA Tampa Bay, said it’s likely the kittens weren’t in the freezer for that long.
Ironically, she said, the plastic bags may have protected them.
“They will g Cheap Oakley Sunglasses o up for adoption before Christmas,” Purl said.
Rodney Blanchard was in the Pinellas County Jail on Monday in lieu of $8,500 bail.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate Saturday’s shooting. They said Monday that the victims, both shot in the upper body, remain in critical condition but were well enough to talk to detectives.
Bahr and Damian Blanchard are both charged with two counts of attempted murder and were being held without bail Monday night.
Pinellas deputies weren’t the only ones called on for an animal cruelty case on Sunday. police shot with a Taser a man who they said beat his dog at Coquina Key Park then threatened officers who urged him to surrender the animal. after people saw a man, identified as George Beers, 36, stomping on a young pit bull, police spokesman Mike Puetz said. When officers confronted Beers, a transient, he pulled out an aluminum bat and refused to drop it, Puetz said. Beers was arrested on aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and obstruction. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,150 bail.