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 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

19,782 signatures = 99% of goal
19,782 Lynn Hanusa Jan 20, 2022
19,781 Tania Pivawer Jan 20, 2022
19,780 Caroline Van Haeften Jail time with no chance of parole! Jan 19, 2022
19,779 Larissa Paull Jan 19, 2022
19,778 Denise Gustafson Jan 18, 2022
19,777 Alejandra Sanchez Jan 16, 2022
19,776 Donna Mamey Jan 16, 2022
19,775 Florence fassot Jan 15, 2022
19,773 Sarah Aboufasha Jan 12, 2022
19,772 Dawn Skowronski Low life piece of shit Jan 12, 2022
19,771 Tom Williams sad Jan 12, 2022
19,770Anonymous Jan 12, 2022
19,769 Ann Firsova Jan 12, 2022
19,768 Rose Sanchez Justice!!! Jan 11, 2022
19,767 Pamela Dickerson Jan 08, 2022
19,766 Ibarra Nathalie Jan 08, 2022
19,765 Vivien Gémesi Jan 08, 2022
19,764 Vy Nguyen Jan 07, 2022
19,763 Adrienne JONAS there is no excuse for animal cruelty. Jan 07, 2022
19,762 Michelle Lutz Jan 07, 2022
19,761 Reinhold Schumann Jan 07, 2022
19,760 Karena Kirk-Drain Jan 07, 2022
19,759Anonymous Jan 06, 2022
19,758 Susan mears Jan 06, 2022
19,757 Patricia Henson Jan 04, 2022
19,756 Trish Gelvin Why on earth are offenders allowed to escalate their crimes as this man has obviously done? Shame on the prosecutors for their failing Jan 03, 2022
19,755 Bonnie Gallik Jan 01, 2022
19,754 laetitia louis Jan 01, 2022
19,753 Jan Gum-Little This one right here needs the death penalty. Do I need say more? Jan 01, 2022