When you think of veterinarians, you usually think of people who love animals, right? I mean that goes with the territory of the job. You probably wouldn’t think of someone who would kill what they thought was a feral cat with a bow and arrow.
Well meet the vet who did just that, Kristen Lindsey.
After seeing a “feral” cat in her backyard she shot it dead by sending an arrow right through the kitty’s skull and posted the photo online.
Bragging about the kill of a wild animal for purely sport purposes is questionable, especially for a professional vet.
“My first bow kill… lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s (sic) head. Vet of the year award… gladly accepted.”
But the cat wasn’t wild at all. The cat, named Tiger, lived with Kristen’s neighbor.
Lindsey immediately had her veterinary license revoked for her cruel act and was fired from the Brenham Animal Clinic where she worked.
She argued in front of the Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners that she thought the cat was feral and that this, coupled with financial hardship, is good reason to have her license renewed.
She alleges that she received rape and death threats after news of her killing of the cat surfaced online. Lindsey’s lawyer, Brian Bishop argued that the killing of feral animals is common practice in Kristen’s community, and blamed the “social media age” for Kristen being blamed of killing the cat.
Her 1-year veterinary suspension is followed by another four years probation, a punishment that’s frowned upon by animal rights groups.
The Animal Legal defense fund expressed its disapproval of the ruling:
“This slap on the wrist pales in comparison to the egregious felony cruelty that Ms. Lindsey committed against a defenseless cat. Allowing Ms. Lindsey to continue to practice veterinary medicine in the future puts animals in the community at great risk, and taints the good name of the trusted veterinary profession.”
Lindsey’s former employer spoke out against her actions on Facebook, saying they were “appalled” by Lindsey’s conduct.
“We are absolutely appalled, shocked, upset, and disgusted by the conduct. We have parted ways with Ms. Lindsey. We do not allow such conduct and we condemn it in the strongest possible manner,’ the clinic said in the statement.”
A Facebook page was created in Tiger’s memory, seeking justice for the murdered feline.
Lindsey had deleted her Facebook page soon after she received huge backlash to her original post. A grand jury decided that there was not enough evidence to charge Lindsey with animal cruelty.