BOYES HOT SPRINGS (CBS 5) – On Friday night, animal control officials in Sonoma County seized three animals belonging to a man who planned to euthanize the pets ahead of Saturday’s predicted “Judgment Day.”

Bill Tinker of Boyes Hot Springs turned over the cockatiel, parrot and cat to Sonoma County Animal Care and Control, after word spread about his plans to put down his pets.

“I plan to put my babies to sleep when the earthquake hits Denver,” said Tinker who thinks that a massive world-wide quake will signal the beginning of the end. “I don’t want them to suffer.”

The rapture was forecast by 89-year-old Oakland fundamentalist preacher Harold Camping and has been advertised in a series of public billboards.

Tinker expected the earthquake to hit around 5 p.m., and he was holding a yard sale Friday to spread the word.

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“On that day, there will be two billion plus people, in the world dead, because nobody’s going to bury them,” said Tinker. “If my animals are going to be killed by the flood, I mean by the earthquake or the earth wave that’s going to come around the world, why would to keep them alive and allow them to be hurt?”

As word spread about Tinker’s intentions, neighbors and outsiders tried to intervene.

“My question was, ‘would you be willing to let me release them on my property and let them be free, until it happens?’” said neighbor Heidi Rutherford. “I have a really nice barn and we have a home with kittens in it, right now. So they’d be nice and warm, and fed, until the end.”

Tinker told her to come back after 6 p.m. Saturday, the supposed start time of the end of the world.

Some doubt the sincerity of Tinker’s claims, but the staff at a nearby veterinary clinic said he came by twice on Thursday looking for drugs to put the animals down. He was denied.

“Based on some of the comments that Mr. Tinker made, I wanted to insure the safety of the pets,” said Amy Cooper, director of Sonoma County Animal Care and Control.

Cooper said they won’t charge Tinker for boarding his pets.

“I think we’ll let tomorrow pass,” Cooper said. “The shelter is closed on Sunday and Monday and we’ll also be in contact with Mr. Tinker. And if on Sunday or Monday the staff can be in contact and we’ll make that happen.”

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (60)
  1. Cake says:

    Thats BOYES HOT SPRINGS numbnuts.

  2. Sick Of Idiots says:

    Mad men and their follies.

  3. KA says:

    War after War after War. Humans inhumanity to other Humans thru WAR will
    get us millions of Centuries of more Suffering provided by God. God is not
    going to let the Human Race off that easy by killing us with a Rapture or any other punishment. We are the enemy and we create our own HELL.
    When Humanity finally creates Peace on Earth and we all begin to enjoy it, you can bet that is when God will take us to our reward or Heavenly Ass Kicking for taking so long to achieve it. A Toast to more Suffering as the Republicans
    lead us into more of it…take it away you Idiots.
    P.S. Leave the innocent animals alone you witless fool, you’ll go to Hell for killing them.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      Honestly, you need to seek psychiatric help.

      1. YetAnotherAtheist says:


      2. Kwan says:

        Religion aside, KA actually has the right mentality.

    2. MK says:

      OOOOOOHHHHHH! It’s those evil Republicans again. Seriously, seek help. You need it…..desperately.

    3. LinneaQH says:

      Get help… You are INSANE.

  4. Roger Craig says:

    this is stupid as it get and so cruel, no heaven for you …

  5. Mom says:

    Hold on, the world is going to end on Saturday? That’s totally works for me. I normally don’t do laundry until Sunday night. This saves me a ton of time.

    BTW Bill, any animal you intentionally hurt in this life ends up owning you as a pet in the next.

    1. Shayla says:

      lmbo! xD

    2. LQH says:

      ha ha! 🙂

  6. Jim Beam says:

    I will be watching the world end on Fox News. They have the best coverage. BTW I tried to put my Jack Russell down today and she just laughed at me then proceeded to run figure 8’s around the living room. She kept barking about some dumb ass in Oakland. Drink up kids. Life is short and Jack Russells just won’t die!!!!!

  7. Julie says:

    Jesus was an amazing man. But his fan club is full of nuts.

    1. nokomis says:

      good one and sadly true.

    2. Missie says:

      You are one of them. How can a fairy tale be an amazing man?

      1. EricT says:

        Superman is amazing.

  8. Eric Domejean says:

    Jesus, Save me from your followers

  9. Kodiax says:

    so… his pets are all sinners who wont be going with eh? baaaad pets no heaven for you

  10. Ken says:

    He should put himself down first and let us worry about his pets. Enough of this clown anyway.

  11. Pat says:

    Birds can fly, an earthquake won’t hurt them, and cats will find cover.

  12. kc says:

    I would like to thank all of you for giving me a good laugh tonight!!

  13. One*Eye*Open says:

    Maybe its better for him…… to kill himself first?

  14. Liz W says:

    did this story have an editor? did the editor call in prematurely raptured?

    1. JaneQPublic says:

      OMG! Liz – your comment made me burst out laughing! Kudos to you for that one and a hearty ‘thank you’ to all the other humorists on here this evening. You all would make Mark Twain proud!! 🙂

      I was going to clean my apartment, but – just in case time IS up – I decided instead to do something worthwhile. So I spent this evening enjoying good fellowship and we are eating, drinking (yoghurt smoothies), and making merry.

      Cheers everyone!

  15. joe holiday says:

    thank you for coming up to sonoma to cover this story – the xtra pressure helped to force animal control to finally take the animals out of there – they had refused to do so 3 times earlier this week – animal control had told me that its ok to kill your pets – your presence here helped them to finally bring the right officers to his house and take them out – of course 2 cats and a dog are missing..

    joe holiday – next door

    1. Nikki says:

      “2 cats and a dog are missing” OMG. And Sonoma Animal Care and Control are planning on giving the remaining pets BACK to this animal abuser? Please, everyone, flood their phone lines and DEMAND that they DO NOT return the remaining pets back to this psychotic individual. Director Amy Cooper: (707) 565-5407

  16. Angry Christian says:

    This fool Camping needs to be held fiscally responsible for all the simple people he scared. Maybe a multi-million dollar law suit will teach him that just because you have freedom of speech and freedom of religion doesn’t mean you can spread garbage like this around. For every one idiot who ends up on the news- how many are killing their animals in silence?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Sue him! Camping is a false “prophet.” He tried the same angle about a decade ago. Guess what? No rapture then! No rapture now! Hold Camping responsible for his words!

    2. Bloodhounds says:

      Why would anyone listen to an 89 year old man? His last day is any day! I hope animal control seized all animals at this guys property. Take a good look around ,who knows what or who else is on the property. Glad the world isn’t ending until 6 pm I’ll be beached by the tv watching the Preakness! Have a good weekend everyone! Probably the only one that is praying for the end is arnie!

    3. Sean Laney says:

      “This fool Camping needs to be held fiscally responsible for all the simple people he scared.”

      Indeed. Let’s fine all Christian clergy for supporting these apocalyptic faerie tales.

  17. weedman says:

    i just dont get why god allowed so many backwood ignorant people to be born into this world i think he did it so we would all have something to laugh at by the way last but not least hemp can save the world

  18. M K says:

    Harlod Camping should be sued for spreading this cultic mayhem. He has “predicted” rthe apture before about 10 years ago. Now he’s up to the same old tricks. Sue him monday morning and give his money to a good cause! Enough with this nonsense already!

  19. Roger Craig says:

    Thanks to all that intervened, that’s what makes us great as a country helping where we can….

  20. hugo poppernuts says:

    the world will end eventually but not by prediction but by destiny.

  21. Terilyn Grecu says:

    Jesus is probable shaking his head saying “And I died for these idots”

    1. Kc says:

      LOL agreed!!! Poor guy

      1. Monster says:

        LOL! Good one, and you are probably right 🙂

  22. Terilyn says:

    To the comment on why God lets so many backward ignorant people to be born in this world, Well I think I can answer that becuase God wanted us sane people to have some sort of entertainment.

  23. waiting 4 6 says:

    Are they goingn to show this on Round Table Pizza’s widescreen?

  24. StevennTorrey says:

    This whole rapture thing is non-sense and gives good comedic fodder. Unfortunately, the dark side is crazy people who buy into this fanatacism and do damage–imagine killing his pets to avoid the rapture. But how many people give money to this lunatic fringe so they can buy their way into heaven? Religion–a relationship to a transcendent Deity based on existential choices made in life–is too serious, too important to be high-jacked by this rapture non-sense.

    1. Monster says:

      How many people give money? Well, his “church” is valued at 72 million.

  25. Laurie Wolfskill says:

    please check on this guy May 22 to see if he killed his pets. i’m concerned for them.

  26. Linza says:

    So many fools in America, when is it going to stop,

  27. Nikki says:

    Anyone cruel enough or crazy enough to kill his pets for the “rapture” does not deserve to get his pets back. He’ll just find some other excuse after the “rapture” has come and gone to harm them. Everyone, please call Sonoma County Animal Care and Control and demand that they DO NOT return these pets to this would-be animal abuser. Director Amy Cooper: (707) 565-5407

  28. Kodiax says:

    doesnt the bible say somewhere that “no man shall know the time or day”?

    1. Aaron says:

      The day or the hour….but yeah.

  29. Chuckl says:

    Why doesn’t someone euthanize this, old psycho? Leave the pets alone.

  30. john smith says:

    Come the rapture, can I have your car?

  31. fin says:

    That’s the ugliest cat lady I’ve seen

  32. Hughes says:

    “They were gonna’ throw me in jail!”
    If the f***ing world is ending tomorrow, why do you care?

  33. shark says:

    he named his cat nero?

  34. Joe holiday says:

    No he was going to kill the neighbors cat, Nero

  35. Joe Holiday says:

    He was going to kill his neighbors cat, Nero

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