Man Accused of Trying to Kill Kittens by Freezing Them

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ST. PETERBURG, Fla. -- Three Florida kittens rescued from a man's freezer may be up for adoption by Christmas time.

Police say Rodney Blanchard tried to get rid of four kittens by putting them in bags inside his freezer.

A neighbor says she discovered the kittens when Blanchard asked her to get him a beer from the freezer.

"I seen Ziploc bags that looked like it could be steaks or something in there, but I heard kittens. I looked at Rodney and I didn't say anything. And he's laughing and he goes, 'Hypothermia only takes a few minutes.' I put two and two together and I knew it was the kittens,"  said Eve Mulder.

Mulder immediately went home and called 911.

The Sheriff's Department sent over a unit immediately rather than waiting on the staff of the SPCA to arrive. Officers took the four kittens to a veterinarian, but one died of hypothermia.

Blanchard was arrested on four counts of animal cruelty and one count of battery for pushing the woman who called police.

It's believed the kittens belong to Blanchard's roommate who is in jail accused of attempted murder.

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