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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.”

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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