Totally inexcusable. It's bad enough the POS kills my dog, but he then just gets up and leaves? I'd find the SOB and beat him to a bloody pulp. That POS is no hunter. He's just a scumbag with a rifle. Get him alone and he'd cry like the little bitc* he is.
In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.