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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