Zero & Zero: Animal Cruelty

On the same day that a Tiburon man murdered a doe and her fawn for eating in his yard, a person attempted to asphyxiate kittens on a boat in San Rafael.

Tiburon police responded to a call of gunfire early Saturday morning, September 2, and found two deer seriously injured by a pellet gun. After a protracted period of suffering, both the mother and her baby succumbed to their wounds and died on the scene. Resident Mark Thomas Dickinson, 54, was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and released on bail. “He said he was sick of the deer eating his expensive landscaping,” Tiburon Police Sergeant Steve Hahn explained to Marin Humane, which picked up the dead animals for further examination.  

A few miles away, a litter of seven kitties, including two left to die in a cooler bag that was zipped closed, were rescued from a vessel at the San Rafael Yacht Club by a joint operation between the Marin County Sheriff’s office and the San Rafael Police Department. The babies were taken to the vet at Marin Humane. “Bad guy is in custody facing Animal Cruelty charges,” reported the Marin County Sheriff’s office on their Facebook page. Unfortunately, the suspect’s name hasn’t yet been released.

We’re almost speechless and bet you feel the same, but we need our voices heard loud and clear about animal abuse. Contact the Marin County District Attorney to ensure that these atrocious crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including jailtime.

Nikki Silverstein
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