Homeowner arrested after he shot doe and her fawn for eating his garden plants

A Tiburon, California man has been arrested last weekend after he shot a doe and her fawn on his property because they were nibbling on his landscape. Mark Dickinson was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he was reported shooting the deer with a pellet gun because they were eating his new plants.

According to AbcNews, neighbors had spotted the doe and her baby for weeks and were horrified to learn what had happened.

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

Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin stated he had been notified about someone sneaking around at 5:00 a.m. with a flashlight. When officers arrived, they found Dickinson standing over the body of one dead deer and near the other one who was dying.

Dickinson’s lawyer defended his client stating he had no intentions of killing the deer and just had hoped to scare them away.

The Marin County District Attorney’s office is reviewing the case.

(Photo of doe and her fawn Pixabay)

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Source: Pet Rescue Report

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna has been a freelance writer for the last eight years. During that time, I developed into the top writer for on the subject of animal rescue and advocacy. I am passionate about animal welfare and have been instrumental in the rescue of thousands of dogs, horses, cats and assorted other sentient creatures needing their voices heard. On July 1, 2016, closed. By July 4, the Pet Rescue Report was created; we average between 30,000 and 40,000 hits on any single day. We are avid users of social media and use our Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to advance our readership. I was also involved in customer service, and was an active participant on Service - a blog started by my son who has now graduated from Duke. I have an advanced degree in Journalism. After college, I taught American Literature in a New Jersey high school. I then went on to teach Journalism at one of our local colleges. For the past 15 years I have lived in South Florida; here I also volunteer time teaching those men and women recovering from drug and alcohol how to journal to express their thoughts - thus hopefully making a difference in their lives. Pet Rescue Report on Facebook (over 40,000 followers) -