Earlier this year, the Inquisitr broke the news nationally that Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey allegedly killed a cat with a bow and arrow. Lindsey purported on social media that the orange feline was a feral tom cat. Texas law doesn’t permit the killing of cats even if they are feral cats, and as Alley Cat Allies reported in late April, the Austin County Sheriff’s Office transferred Lindsey’s case to the Austin County District Attorney for the filing of charges under Texas Penal Code 42.092. Kristen faced possible Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals charges, but much to the public’s dismay, the District Attorney chose not to prosecute the veterinarian who allegedly killed a cat with a bow and arrow and bragged about it on social media.
— ~ Athina ~ (@saveallanimals2) August 29, 2015
Though no evidence was found to prosecute Lindsey, and she later alleged that the tom cat was actually rabid, Lindsey still faced judgement from the Texas Board of Veterinarian Medical Examiners.
— Freja Petersen (@Freja_Petersen) August 12, 2015
The board, according to Alley Cat Allies, announced that they found a violation in the case of the Brenham veterinarian. The board reportedly will wait until its October meeting to specify what violation or violations those were.
Lindsey claimed she shot the cat, because she believed that he had rabies and she wanted to protect her own animals, KXAN reported. Lindsey made no mention of the fears over rabies in her original social media post in which she stated, “The only good tomcat is one with an arrow through its head.”
— ✪ Аndrea ✪ (@Tao_30) August 25, 2015
In the months that followed the cat’s killing, #JusticeForTiger supporters spread the news that the neighbor’s outdoor cat with the exact same markings has never returned. Many, including Tiger’s caregiver, say that they are certain Lindsey killed a perfectly healthy, well-loved domestic cat. They are not buying any of the reports that she might have believed the cat that was killed with a bow and arrow was rabid. According to an Alley Cat Allies report, Kristen Lindsey’s license to practice veterinary medicine could be suspended or revoked, but she certainly won’t be nominated for “vet of the year” as she allegedly once bragged on social media.
An online petition to revoke the veterinarian’s license has garnered over 280,000 signatures. If you’ve been following the case of Kristen Lindsey, leave a comment below, and let us know if you feel that her license should be suspended or revoked completely.
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