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Police Respond to Dog-Killing Threat Posted on Facebook

by Melanie

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Mark Joiner II with his dog, Stella.
Mark Joiner II with his dog, Stella.

A California man is learning a lesson about the seriousness of dog-killing threats after making a Facebook post that summoned police to his doorstep.

Mark Joiner II posted a photo of his dog Stella on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying he wanted her gone because she pooped on his bed and chewed up some of his things.

Anybody want her? … She’s FREE,” he posted. “Pick her up today or she will be shot and stuck in a hole by 9 pm.”

He then offered to pay someone $20 to take her.

Several people took screenshots of his posts and sent them to the Ceres Police Department’s page, pleading for them to investigate.

Police responded and went to Joiner’s home, but “were assured that he was only venting and the dog appeared to be unharmed.”

It can only be hoped that between Facebook friends monitoring and the police having intervened, Joiner will be taking good care of Stella.

Though dog-lovers generally are tolerant and have great senses of humor, with the number of abuse and murder cases, threatening to kill one’s dog is not something people take lightly. Frustration is completely understandable, as is venting, but threatening to kill a dog is no joking matter, and police responded accordingly.

In the future, Joiner should perhaps take lessons in anger management and dog training to avoid making such blunderous statements.



Ceres police had their hands full that day – they also rescued an abandoned puppy in a box with a bowl of curdled milk. Officer Ross Bays brought it to the station and gave it a bath. He later took the pup, named Parker, to city hall to see if anyone wanted to adopt it. A city employee did, and took it to a vet for a check-up. Parker was found to have bronchitis, but is expected to fully recover. 


From dog-lovers everywhere, bravo, officers.