Oct 052017
 


Very early one morning earlier this month, in the affluent town of Tiburon in Northern California, a doe and her young fawn grazed on some newly planted landscaping in the yard of resident Mark Dickinson.

The two deer had been there before. To protect his new plantings, did Dickinson install a fence or try using any other deer repellents? No. Did he make some noise to scare them away? Nope.

Dickinson grabbed a high-powered pellet gun equipped with a scope, laser beam and flashlight attachments. He aimed it at the mama and her baby, and shot them both in their sides.

The two deer died slow, “agonizing and painful” deaths, Tiburon Police Sgt. Steve Hahn told the Marin Independent Journal.

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Dickinson, who claimed he was only trying to scare off the deer, was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. In California, anyone who “maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal” can be charged with a felony. This charge could mean jail time and a fine of up to $20,000 per deer.

Additional misdemeanor charges, such as hunting deer out of season, hunting a fawn and not obtaining a hunting license could also apply in this case.

Dickinson is out on bail while the case is being investigated by the Tiburon Police Department, Marin Humane Society and the Marin County District Attorney’s Office. He was supposed to be arraigned Sept. 20 but it has been delayed, according to The Ark newspaper’s Facebook page.

“He had no intent to be cruel or to harm the deer,” his attorney, Charles Dresow, insisted to the Marin Independent Journal. “Rather, he was simply trying to scare them away from consuming new landscaping.”

Really? There are better ways to scare away deer than by shooting them with a high-powered pellet gun. When neighbors heard about the killings, they were understandably upset. The doe and her fawn had been a welcome and familiar sight in the neighborhood for weeks.

“This is outrageous,” Tiburon resident Linda Meinberg told KGO. “To scare deer away, all you have to do is look at them. You don’t need to shoot them.”

When officers from the Marin Humane Society arrived at Dickinson’s residence, the doe was already dead. The fawn died about an hour later.

“We were pretty shocked and disturbed,” Lisa Bloch of the Marin Humane Society told KPIX 5. “To kill two innocent animals like this and make them suffer is really egregious and we’re pretty concerned.”

On its Facebook page, the Marin Humane Society wrote, “This tragic incident serves as a reminder that we promote the respect of wild animals through peaceful coexistence. There are many ways to protect your yard from deer, whether it’s by building appropriate fencing or planting deer-resistant shrubs, trees and plants.”

Dickinson could have dealt with the doe and fawn in any of these much more humane ways. Please sign and share this petition urging the Marin County District Attorney’s Office to charge him with felony animal cruelty.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 21 Sep 2017.

 

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Evelyn Ball

Another worthless piece of human shit that has no care or concern for other species. Too ignorant or stupid to realize that we share this planet with other species. Take responsibility for your stupid garden instead of killing an animal because it incoveniences you. No wonder I have no faith left in humanity.

Martha Diaz

:'( <3 :'( <3……… JAIL TIME !!!!!

Erika Sanchez

Yes this human being should pay some hefty fines and possibly jail time but let’s remember he is a human being. Remarks like the ones found here are also very disturbing. Bullying shaming and shooting are not solutions.

Marilyn Ashman

There’s a Creep on every block, but there shouldn’t be a Heartless Killer!!!!. I Hope this Killer gets the Maximum Penalty, and his Snake of a Lawyer gets nothing for trying to defend that Creep!!!. My Hope is that someone knocks him off, while enjoying his meal in Prison!!!!!.

A feeling of Helplessness and Heartbreak is all that I have left for the Mama and her Precious Baby 🙁 🙁 . May they Rest in Sweet Peace <3 <3 .

Raven Wolf Wintermoon

Bloody shit! He didn’t have to do that.

Debby Lindsay

A total LIE that you were trying to scare them away. I hope you get a huge fine and jail time. You must be unstable with no thoughts of to protect your precious lawn stuff without KILLING. Scary to have a neighbor like that!

Derik Palmer

Well he meant them no real harm. He just wanted to scare them away – like the Paddock guy in Vegas; he didn’t want to kill people, he just wanted them to turn the volume down a bit. If this idiot attorney can’t come up with something better than that he’s in the wrong job and should retrain, perthaps as an auto detailer. And I hope his POS client gets everything thrown at him that isn’t nailed down.

Meeche
I hope the neighbors make life hell on earth for this scumbag who has no conscience! This was so terribly wrong – What kind of an evil person does something like this when all he had to do was make a noise and they would have bolted – shame on him and his wife for not stopping him. They should be shunned by the neighbors – He should be fined heavily and spend some time in jail and his gun confiscated! Publish his name and address all over that town so the residents know what kind of an evil scumbag… Read more »
Carolina Nunes

Signed and shared

Mark McCandlish

There’s a lot of bad Karma there. Mark Dickinson has no idea of the wrath that has its origins in the followers of PETA. I bet he has to move in less than a year from the bad press that will undoubtedly come his way, and public outrage. What a jackass. Rot in hell, you POS.

Mark McCandlish
Oh, believe me, Derik, I’m right there with the anger and rage aspect of my reaction. I work at a non-profit animal (cat) rescue operation and we have stray pets and wild animals (Deer, skunks, foxes, raccoons, opossums and a flock of wild turkeys) passing through the property all the time. We encourage them to take refuge there from abusive pet owners, hunters and the like. After years of interacting with these creatures, I can walk right up to a skunk who is eating off one of the stray cat trays, politely ask him to leave, and he does- (without… Read more »
Derik Palmer

Mark, you don’t have to be a PETA member, or even regard them as rational humn beings in order to feel anger and rage at the senseless killing of two beautiful and harmless animals.

Vanessa Black

Shoot the culprits..damn them.

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