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A vet from Brenham, Texas has been fired from her job after she posted an image online of her holding a domesticated cat, which she had killed in her backyard with a bow and arrow.
Kristen Lindsey, 31, allegedly hunted down the cat thinking it was feral.
Amazingly, in the caption under the image posted on Facebook, Lindsey wrote, “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.”
She also claimed, “And no I did not lose my job. Psshh. Like someone would get rid of me. I’m awesome,” although that turned out not to be the case.
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The Washington Animal Clinic where Lindsey worked released a statement.
“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.”
So appalled are people by Lindsey’s actions that local prosecutors are now considering whether she should face criminal charges.
In a related statement the Texas Veterinary Medical Association said the following.
“(We) strongly condemns the actions of a veterinarian who claims to have recently shot and killed a feral cat with the use of a bow and arrow. The veterinarian, who worked in Brenham, Texas, and is not a TVMA member, posted a picture of herself holding the deceased cat on her personal Facebook page along with some insensitive remarks about the incident.”
At the same time, Larry Wallace, who has been a veterinarian for 40 years, said his piece on Facebook,
“I have never in my long career heard of such an atrocious act by a member of my profession. This person most be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. She took an oath to protect and heal not to killing innocent life. I will be contacting my national association about this matter as she has tarnished the profession for which she has chosen.”
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