A Tiburon man stands accused of animal cruelty in the deaths of a deer and her fawn whom he allegedly shot with a pellet gun for eating his expensive landscaping. Homeowner Mark Dickinson, 54, was arrested by the Tiburon Police Department after neighbors reported hearing him shoot the doe and fawn around 5 a.m. Saturday, as the Marin Independent Journal reports. He was booked into Marin County Jail and released on bail pending further review by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.
"We were pretty shocked and disturbed," said Marin Humane Society rep Lisa Bloch to CBS 5. "To kill two innocent animals like this and make them suffer is really egregious and we’re pretty concerned." The Humane Society initially responded to the call about the deer shooting on on Mar East Drive, which faces San Francisco Bay.
According to police the weapon was a high-powered Gamo pellet-gun with scope, laser and flashlight attachments. As the Marin IJ notes, the gun is marketed for pest control, and for hunting small game such as raccoons, rabbits, and the like.
Dickinson's attorney issued a statement picked up by CBS 5 saying, "My client did not intend to harm the animals. The public outrage to these allegations is driven by the inflammatory claims of the Tiburon Police Department which haven’t been proven in court."
Neighbors tell ABC 7 that they had seen the doe and her offspring in the neighborhood for weeks, and they were shocked at the news. Linda and Klaus Meinberg had taken cellphone photos of the animals that they shared with ABC 7 and can be seen in the coverage below.