Tinker plans to kill pets
BILL TINKER said since the world will be ending this weekend, he'll kill his pets.
Bill Tinker, the apocalyptic prophet of Boyes Hot Springs who believes the beginning of the end of the world will arrive Saturday with a cataclysmic global earthquake, has decided that since his pets can't go where he's going, he intends to have them put to sleep.
"I don't want them to be suffering if the earthquake doesn't kill them," he said Thursday, outside his chaotically cluttered home on 1st Avenue.
The Bible-quoting proselytizer owns two parrots, three cats and a small dog.
Word of Tinker's plans reached the Index-Tribune from two different neighbors, one of whom has witnessed and worried about his lifestyle for decades. Marti Bryant, who lives up the street from Tinker's compound, said she has watched as drug addicts camp in Tinker's empty lot while loads of garbage are stored in the beds of abandoned pick-up trucks and trash mounts on all sides of the group of homes Tinker owns.
Bryant said the county has placed up to 40 liens on Tinker's property to abate various nuisances, but that somehow the conditions persist.
"They (the county) keep saying they're going to do something," Bryant said, "but if they go any slower they'll be going backwards."
Bryant emphasized she has no quarrel with Tinker's end-of-the-world message. "I am totally supportive of all religious beliefs," she said. "Do what you want to do, but leave the animals alone."
Both Bryant and Joe Holiday, who bought the house adjoining Tinker's lot in February, said they have contacted Sonoma County Animal Control regarding Tinker's pet euthanasia plans. And Kenneth Crane, the county's supervising animal control officer said Thursday that his staff has met twice with Tinker. "An officer inspected the animals and found them all to be in good health," said Crane in an email message. "An offer was made to Mr. Tinker to allow our department to take possession of the animals, and then return them to Mr. Tinker after Saturday, however Mr. Tinker declined."
Crane added that while it is against the law to intentionally maim, mutilate, torture or wound a living animal, there is no law against a private individual having an animal "humanely euthanized."
Tinker insisted putting his pets down was humane. "I think that's fair, don't you? He asked rhetorically. "When the earthquake gets rolling and it's destroyed all the world? I'm not going to kill them until it gets to Denver."
Asked why he doesn't give the animals to someone else to care for, Tinker insisted that wouldn't be fair to his pets.
"How are they going to survive the earthquake. There will be dead people everywhere." Tinker said that by 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Friday, "We'll get the knowledge," and evidence of the global earthquake will have started near the international dateline in New Zealand. He said he expects to "put the animals down sometime Saturday morning when word arrives that the earthquake has reached Denver.
Asked what will happen if he's wrong, if there is no end of the world, Tinker replied, "I can't believe it isn't going to happen. When New York and Chicago and Denver go down, my animals will go down."