Cullen man gets 6 months in animal cruelty case

A Webster Parish man convicted of animal cruelty has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Charles Blanks, 33, of Cullen, was charged after starving and neglected horses were found on his property earlier this year.

Wednesday, Springhill City Court Judge John Slattery handed Blanks a six-month jail term, of which he must spend 120 days in the parish jail. He also faces two years of probation, and Slattery said Blanks can’t own any animals during the probation period.

Blanks also must perform 40 hours of community service and reimburse rescuers for the expenses of caring for horses seized from Blanks.

“This is a milestone. Maybe this will get the attention of others who harm animals,” said Michelle Benson Lewis of Lumberjack Rescue.

Blanks, 33, was convicted last month and ordered to surrender any animals he has in his possession.
Blanks was charged in June after Cullen police seized five horses from his property in Cullen. Two died despite efforts to save them.

Lumberjack Rescue took possession of the remaining horses.

It was not Blanks’ first time to be charged with animal cruelty. He was charged in 2015, but the case was dismissed.

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