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Punish California Man Accused Of Murdering Shelter Volunteer And Killing Her Two Senior Dogs

Published: September 12, 2021 at 11:45 PM Author: Penny Eims

Sacramento, CA – During the first week of September, an unthinkable crime claimed the life of a beloved shelter volunteer and her two senior dogs, Molly and Jenny. The man accused of violently stealing their lives is identified as 51-year-old Troy Davis.

The accusations against Davis are truly appalling; he is accused of breaking into 61-year-old Mary “Kate” Tibbitts home on September 3, sexually assaulting her, and then murdering her and her two senior dogs. Davis allegedly proceeded to burn down Tibbitts’ home.

And there is more… ABC 10 News reported that “a screenshot of home security footage shared on social media shows Davis apparently masturbating on a neighbor’s front porch.”

If the crime was not despicable enough, there is more…Troy Davis was “released from prison following felony convictions in 2017 and 2018 for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery,” reported KRCR News. And in June, he was released from jail in an auto theft case on “zero bail.”

Vern Pierson, president of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) said, “None of these appalling crimes would likely have occurred had this person been behind bars where he belonged.”

The Sacramento SPCA is mourning Tibbitts’ death. The animal welfare agency alerted Facebook followers of her untimely demise, writing:

It is with a heavy heart that we share news of the recent death of Kate Tibbitts, a long-time Sacramento SPCA volunteer and lover of old dogs and good books.


Last month, Kate marked 25 years as a Sacramento SPCA volunteer. She joined us in August 1996, primarily to work with the book sales. But she became so much more.
Kate was a foster parent and a dog walker/socializer. Long-time staff and volunteers will remember her for making sure each dog she encountered received the best care possible.

Mary Kate Tibbetts’ death should have never happened because this man should have been BEHIND BARS for his prior crimes. This brutal crime happened because Troy Davis’ prior crimes were not treated with the seriousness that they deserved – he should have still been BEHIND BARS.

Enough is enough. The time for second (and third and fourth) chances has ended. Please add your name to the petition. Mary “Kate” Tibbetts, and her beloved dogs, Molly and Jenny, deserve justice.

Troy Davis is facing multiple charges, including homicide, assault with intent to commit rape, malicious maiming of animals, and arson. The time has come for this man to pay for his horrible behavior – please sign today! Your signatures (and comments) will be sent to court officials along with our letter demanding that this man be held fully accountable for each and every charge that he is facing.

Suspects are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.



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Update 8/31/2022: The next scheduled court date is November 4, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. 

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Update 6/20/2022: The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that they will be seeking the death penalty for 52-year-old Troy Davis. Animal Victory has sent 20,004 signatures to Attorney Matt Chisholm. He has assured us he will submit the letter and signatures to the court for consideration.

Update 6/15/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the settlement conference is now scheduled to take place on 8/12/2022 at 8:30 am.

Update 4/07/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the settlement conference was continued to 6/20/2022.

Update 2/01/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the settlement conference was continued to March 7, 2022, at 9 a.m. (It’s our understanding in a settlement conference, a judge or volunteer attorney assists the parties by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the case and attempting to negotiate a settlement of the dispute, but without making any decisions or orders in the case. Settlement conferences may be either mandatory (court-ordered) or voluntary. Mandatory settlement conferences are often held close to the date a case is set for trial.)

Update 11/08/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the Settlement conference was continued to 12/08/2021.

Update 10/28/2021: District Attorney Matt Chisholm has informed Animal Victory that our petition has been received and he assured us that it will be used for this sentencing in this case. According to DA Chisholm, it will be quite a while before the sentencing stage. We will continue to stay in touch with the district attorney as the case works its way through the court system.

Update 10/26/2021: Please see the reply that Animal Victory received from the Office of the Mayor.

Update: 10/19/2021: Court is currently scheduled to occur on October 22.

Animal Victory has sent the petition letter along with your signatures to the following:

  • Prosecuting attorney Matthew Chisholm
  • DA Annmarie Shubert
  • Councilmember Katie Valenzuela
  • Vern Pierson- President of CA District Attorneys
  • Governor Gavin Newsom

Petition letter


Punish California Man Accused Of Murdering Shelter Volunteer And Her Two Senior Dogs

23,194 signatures = 116% of goal


23,194 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
23,193 Lisel Sipes Nasty black dirtbag! Nov 19, 2022
23,192 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
23,191 Kiantha Shadduck Nov 10, 2022
23,190 Debra Phillips Nov 05, 2022
23,189 Elizabeth Mickalson Nov 04, 2022
23,188 Claire Sefiane Oct 20, 2022
23,187 Lisa Cairns Oct 20, 2022
23,186 Meg Feltes Oct 17, 2022
23,185 Carolina Pino Oct 15, 2022
23,184 Rodney Leamy Oct 12, 2022
23,183 Robert Brackenbury Give him the harshest penalty possible Oct 07, 2022
23,182 Teresa Tweedie This scum bag should get the death penalty!!! What do you expect when California is run by DEMON-crats with the no bail policy and the 'don't keep the poor criminals locked up' policy...The GOVERNOR AND PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR THESE HORRIBLE NEW LAWS SHOULD BE SUED. Oct 07, 2022
23,181 Shannon Nichols Oct 07, 2022
23,180 Susan Sykes impound this diabolical creature and loss the key! Oct 05, 2022
23,179 GENE NIELSEN Sep 27, 2022
23,178 Flora Moore Sep 26, 2022
23,177 Maureen Dale Sep 24, 2022
23,176 susie adkins Sep 20, 2022
23,175 Nancy McKune The solution to overprocecuting minor crimes is not to be lenient to those found guilty of major crimes. A violent crime should not be treated in the same manner as a non-violent crime. Sep 19, 2022
23,174 Dawn Hopkins Sep 19, 2022
23,173 Donaker Lena Sep 19, 2022
23,172 Steve Wang Sep 19, 2022
23,171 Nicol Bea Sep 19, 2022
23,170 janet bryan Sep 19, 2022
23,169 Bonnie Bhattacharya Sep 19, 2022
23,168 Angela Entwistle Troy Davis is a very dangerous individual and must be removed from society to ensure the safety of innocent people and animals. Surely the memory of Mary “Kate” Tibbetts and her beloved dogs Molly and Jenny should be honoured by ensuring justice for their tragic murders. Sep 19, 2022
23,167 Maxine Hall should be hanged Sep 19, 2022
23,166 Nevaeh Lumiere I hope they just get rid of this piece of shit… Just remove him completely from the planet, since he can’t seem to fit in or adjust to society’s rules, regulations & norms. For the crime of taking a life… An eye for an eye! Sep 19, 2022
23,165 Bobbi Lee This man should have never been out of prison. He should be punished to full extent of the law. He took 3 lives. Sep 18, 2022