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Springs Resident Takes Heat for Plans to Kill Pets Pending Doomsday

William Tinker made two trips to Arroyo Veterinary Hospital Thursday, attempting to pick up euthanasia supplies for his pets.

For the last few weeks, Boyes Hot Springs resident William Tinker has been a prominent fixture in downtown, driving a decaled van, handing out flyers and warning anyone who’ll listen – the world is ending, the rapture is coming.

Most took little notice of Tinker’s adherence to the belief that Saturday, May 21 will bring about the end of the world in a doomsday display of fire and brimstone, until he announced to neighbors that he plans to euthanize his animals before the big one hits.

“Somebody has got to do something,” said Marti Bryant, Tinker’s neighbor who has lived in the area since 1989.

Bryant heard rumors of Tinker's plans through neighbors, but declined to take action until he informed her last Friday the rumors were true, he was making plans to kill his pets before the end of the world.

Tinker could not be reached for comment Thursday, despite several visits to his property.

Neighbors say Tinker's menagerie includes several cats and two birds.

“We’ve talked to family members, friends of his – it’s just falling on deaf ears – everyone is saying they can’t do anything,” said Bryant, adding one neighbor had snatched one of Tinker’s cats, to save them from death.

Tinker made two trips Thursday to , changing his shirt in between visits to disguise his identity, asking in a matter-of-fact tone to purchase euthanasia tools to prevent his pets from suffering in Saturday’s quake.

“I basically said we can’t help you with what you are about to do, because it goes against any ethics that we have,” said Elisa Dodge, head of client services at Arroyo.

Residents place several calls with animal control and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department; neighbors have complained about the property, which is surrounded by debris and rotting garbage.

Police were dispatched Thursday to Tinker’s residence, after multiple calls from neighbors. Though Tinker explained his plans clearly to police, legally, authorities were not able to intervene.

“Unless there’s an abused animal that we see, there’s nothing we can do,” said Sgt. Chris Bertoli.

California laws prevent animal abuse or a cruel execution style death; but threats of death bear no legal consequence, and Tinker is within his legal rights if he euthanizes his animals in the proper environment of a vet’s office, said Bertoli.

Additionally, Tinker said he intends to wait until the earthquakes hit Denver before he starts killing his pets, according to Bertoli.

But such logic leaves little comfort for animal lovers and neighbors.

 “They’re collateral damage and I don’t think they should be,” said Bryant. “I don’t think people in this day and age should be allowed to murder their animal, I just don’t.”

maggie b May 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM
I'm more worried about a man with a very tenuous grip on reality. It is impossible to understand insanity. First, there are worse things than death. Second, when the end of the world fails to happen, he'll find some other thing to obsess over. Third, Thinking he wishes to spare his pets suffering if the world did end is not an unreasonable idea. Move on people there's nothing here to see. It's a tempest in a tea cup.
Rena B May 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM
If threatening to kill your pets and attemping to purchase the means to do so is not a form of animal abuse, I am not certain what is. Do we have to wait until the "after the fact" to step in---when it is too late. According to this theory, anyone can adopt a pet from a no kill shelter and then kill it. Mr. Tinker, you will note, is not threatening to kill himself--just his pets. Surely there must be some legal way to intervene.
Elizabeth MacDonald May 20, 2011 at 02:18 PM
the animals are now in a safe place-if only it were as easy to get help for the mentally unstable.
KLB May 20, 2011 at 03:12 PM
This is crazy! Someone needs to step in for sure! I understand that anyone can kill an animal, but still the fact that he is actively announcing it is just not right!
J L May 20, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Here is a site a friend showed me after reading this article. http://eternal-earthbound-pets.com/
dclaire May 20, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Once again, local law enforcement declines to do the heavy lifting of protecting people, animals, and property. And so what are we paying them to do?
Rev. Daniel W. Blair May 20, 2011 at 05:23 PM
I hope not! I love my pet. I am very sad for those who have been following this lie that the rapture will occur on May 21st. Even if they attempt to explain away “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32), they cannot explain away that most every Christian, theologian, scholar, and prophet from the first Century until the Nineteenth Century all believed that the church would go through the Great Tribulation and not escape through some secret rapture that would leave the world paralyzed. I pray that they will take a moment and read my book, “Final Warning” because the hour of is His judgment has come. http://www.revelation-truth.org
dclaire May 20, 2011 at 05:23 PM
More to the point, if a wacko threatened to kill his child, that child would be removed from that person's care BECAUSE the kid was in an unsafe situation. Likewise, these pets, threatened with murder, are in harms way. This is animal endangerment. It is unlawful. Even in Sonoma County, it is unlawful to neglect and abuse animals.
Ralph Hutchinson May 20, 2011 at 07:11 PM
He may not be an animal hater, but may be capable of harming those innocent animals. If the law isn't able to intervene, sounds like the only chance those pets have is to have some rogue soul sneak in and snatch them up! (PETA activist) I'm wondering if he has a past case history or something like that, I wonder if one of the local animal rights groups would have grounds to go in for a save?
marti bryant May 20, 2011 at 11:18 PM
these animals are NOT in a safe place they're with tinker!!
Elizabeth MacDonald May 21, 2011 at 12:14 AM
I just found that out...what to do now???
Albert David May 21, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Where exactly is this "safe" place? While we cannot save every pet who needs help, here we have clearly been informed of this need. Hopefully the authorities have stepped in and brought these pets to a place like Pets Lifeline where they can be cared for.
Misty H. May 21, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Without a shadow of a doubt authorities should intervene. I don't buy into this end of the world BS, but even if it were to happen the guy wouldn't be doing anybody any favors by murdering his pets. He wouldn't be one of them taken up to heaven for sure. It says in the article that he's within his rights if he has his animals killed via "proper" methods at a vet's office, but it should be illegal, plain and simple, to kill a perfectly healthy animal for ANY reason.
Ralph Hutchinson May 21, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Intervention is the solution. Send in a strike force of PETA and toss those animals a LifeLine!!
Ralph Hutchinson May 21, 2011 at 03:00 AM
By any means necessary.
Ace Benchley May 21, 2011 at 03:08 AM
I'm going to play devil's advocate here for a second. I personally don't believe that the rapture is going to occur BUT lets just pretend that all of us who doubt it are completely wrong and it does occur. If this man is a true believer than wouldn't it be true that he will be sparing his pets from suffering during the events he believes will happen? If so, can we really call him crazy just because he has different beliefs than us? It reminds me of how some people claim to believe in God and that He speaks to man but if a stranger on the bus walked up to them and said God had a message for them, they'd think the person was nuts. Again, I don't believe in the rapture and I hope that the animals are kept safe but just thought I'd put out some food for thought.
Paulos Hunter Blade May 21, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Ahahahaha... it just keeps getting better, the Rapture ain't coming and people who think so are insane, and the people who are going to kill animals/pets about it are just crazy and sick. Pathetic.
tom topinto May 21, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Do you eat meat?
tom topinto May 21, 2011 at 05:51 AM
It's not unlawful to kill your pet because legally animals are property. If you are interested in this subject, consider http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/books/animals-property-and-the-law/ If you feel it should not be legal to do so, you likely hold the opinions of animal rights - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_rights
tom topinto May 21, 2011 at 05:59 AM
It seems you hold the mistaken belief that law enforcement have a duty to protect you before a crime has been committed. The way law enforcement goes about their "serve and protect" mission, is by protecting you by removing criminals from the streets <i>after</i> a crime has been committed. They of course can /choose/ to protect you in advance of a crime, if they feel like doing so, but they have no obligation to do so. See http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_to_rescue Additionally, in your list of things you expected police to /proactively/ protect you distinguished animals from 'property'. In the eyes of the law, animals are 'property' and thus their 'owners' may take their life.
GalSal May 21, 2011 at 02:42 PM
I see your point Ace, but in our society we have beliefs and laws that dictate how people, animals, and property are treated and it seems that this man is stepping beyond these laws based on his religious beliefs. If it is allowed now where does it end. What if this man or some other sees your disbelief in the "rapture" as sinning and wants to kill you to protect you from further sin. What about people who deface works of art because they deem them offensive?
Dorothy May 21, 2011 at 03:08 PM
This story is so disturbing--about authorities having to wait until the pets are dead to do something. It makes no sense at all to me. I am hoping that someone stepped in and helped these pets, or that the owner had a change of heart and either gave his cats away or paid one of the so called post rapture groups to take care of his cats if needed. What a heartbreaker.
nanci little May 21, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Insane people should not be allowed to have animals once they threaten to kill them. In any case, giving a person euthanasia solution that has no training would be in itself criminal and cruel. That solution has to be given in a vein and if the slightest bit escapes it burns like pure liquid fire! These people are truly wack jobs and I would suggest their animals be confiscated and they would be told to have a good time in Heaven but leave their animals for the rest of us to take care of!
Concordboy May 21, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Sonoma County Animal Control needs to make a welfare visit first thing Monday morning to check on ihs pets. And if they've been harmed he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Someone who lives closer can follow up on this? (Concord here) The mentally ill should no be allowed to own pets IMHO.
Kathy Ozzard Chism May 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM
My dream is ONE day all the people of all the world will be so enlightened life will be respected and cherished in all its forms, and any killing of humans and animals will only be written about as what occurred during the "Dark Ages" of civilization. We ALL have the power to make that dream a reality through flying our F.L.A.G.s of Forgiveness, Love, Acceptance, and Gratitude. With every single thought, with every single word, with every single deed, we get to choose. This may sound woo-woo, yet I know for a fact this changes everything. Personally, I am sending William Tinker and the people who make the laws in Sonoma County that allow the killing of healthy animals legal LOVE directly into their hearts, so they may shift their minds and laws as they finally see the light that is in all living creatures. Please join me in this - group LOVE IN ACTION is very powerful. ♥♥♥ (www.dreamoneworld.org)

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