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Bad time for animals in southern Illinois

NOT the five in question...

Posted by on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 @ 5:47 pm.

FRANKLIN CO., Ill. - Franklin County has proved to be a bad place for critters lately.

The first incident actually is alleged to have occurred more than a month ago.

Authorities say that on October 1, four young people went to Logan Sow Center in Benton and abducted about 30 baby pigs from the facility.

Two of the four are then alleged to have tortured and killed the piglets, which are reported to have been only about a week old. That'd be Trenton H. Bennett, 18, of West Frankfort, and Brenden A. Shaputis, 20, of Ewing. The two are alleged to have tortured several of the baby pigs, which included kicking, beating and striking the piglets and, with one of the animals, it's alleged it was tossed off an overpass.

The other two charged with Bennett and Shaputis are juveniles; their ages weren't given in published reports, nor where they were from. They were released to their families, but Bennett and Shaputis were held upon arrest on formal charges of Animal Torture, a Class 3 felony, and Theft, also a Class 3 felony because the piglets were worth more than $500 in total.

It's unclear when exactly the of-age kids were arrested; online documents show that the case was opened on October 4, and Shaputis and Bennett both have had an Oct. 18 prelim already. Shaputis was able to post bond on November 3; Bennett on Nov. 6. Bennett's already been set for a jury trial, this for January 9. There's no word, of course, on the kids...and since it's Franklin County, likely there never will be.

Then on Friday, Nov. 10, another accident on I-57 took place in Franklin County....and injuries were sustained, but reports don't indicate that they were only human injuries.

NOT the five in question...

ISP reported that a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer southbound on Interstate 57 was being driven by Brandi R. Turner, 31, of New London, Missouri. At milepost 72, the driver's side rear tire detached from the truck, causing it to jackknife, leaving the roadway to the west. The trailer at that point overcorrected, which caused five horses to be ejected.

Then, a semi being driven by Mark Anthony Blackwood, 56, of Vinemont, Alabama, was southbound in the passing lane; the semi struck one of the horses, which caused significant damage to the semi...and killed the horse.

Turner sustained minor injuries and was taken to Franklin Hospital for treatment; Blackwood was uninjured. The four other horses were apparently okay, but the interstate was shut down for 45 minutes so the remaining horses could be rounded up.

Turner was later cited with Use of Unsafe Equipment.

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