Kristin Lindsey has been fired from her veterinarian job after she posted a picture on Facebook bragging about a feral cat she killed with a bow and arrow and showing a picture of herself holding the dead animal.
The picture showed Lindsey with an orange cat that still had an arrow in it. Along with the picture, the Texas veterinarian included the message.
“My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s head! Vet of the year award… Gladly accepted.”
Controversy arose immediately after the Texas veterinarian shared the picture this week, leading to a police investigation. Animal rights groups also called for her dismissal, noting that the cat actually belonged to an elderly couple and was not feral.
It did not take long for Kristen Lindsey’s employer to respond. On Friday, the clinic where she works, Washington Animal Clinic, released a statement condemning her actions and announcing that she had been fired.
“Dear Friends, Clients, and other interested folks. We just learned of the conduct that is discussed below. 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. Please know that when informed of this we responded swiftly and appropriately and please do not impute this awful conduct to the Washington Animal Clinic or any of its personnel.”
The story has caused a bit of a rift in Lindsey’s community, with some sticking up for her and saying she was justified in killing the cat with a bow and arrow. Preston Northrup, a resident of Washington County, told KBTX that “all these people in the cities just don’t understand what goes on in the country and they get in an uproar. They ought to just mind their own business.”
But many others were outraged at the pictures of the dead cat, and the response was so large that a Facebook page created for the case had to urge people to stop calling the clinic where Lindsey worked.
Kristin Lindsey has since deleted her Facebook page and the picture of the cat she killed with a bow and arrow. Police have not yet announced charges related to the killing, but MySanAntonio notes that the Texas veterinarian could be hit with a felony. It is against the Texas Penal Code to kill any cat, feral or otherwise.
[Image via Facebook]