Kristen Lindsey gained infamy last year when she fatally shot a cat with a bow and arrow and then posted a proud photo of it on Facebook, but now the Texas veterinarian will have the chance to practice again in one year.
Lindsey was fired from her job as a veterinarian at Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham after the picture went viral, and now the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has weighed in on her punishment. The board ruled on Tuesday that Lindsey will have her license suspended for one year, during which time she will not be able to practice, mySA reported.
After the probation period ends, Lindsey will once again be able to resume her work as a veterinarian but will remain under terms of probation for the next four years, the board ruled.
It was actually Lindsey’s boast about the strange kill that started the controversy. Back in April 2015, she posted a photo of herself holding a dead tabby named “Tiger” with an arrow still through its head, mySA noted.
In the caption that went alongside the photo, Lindsey noted that the cat was feral.
“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.”
The blowback was immediate. The picture of Kristen Lindsey went viral, garnering news coverage across the country and earning the ire of many animal lovers. She was fired shortly after the picture made the news, and in October of last year, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners stripped Lindsey of her license pending a hearing.
— ABC 7 Amarillo (@ABC7Amarillo) October 18, 2016
Kristen Lindsey avoided charges on the cat that she killed, but found herself in other legal trouble shortly after that. In March, she was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, with court documents showing that she had a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.15, mySA reported.
The board’s decision to suspend Kristen Lindsey for only on year garnered outrage among animal lovers, many of whom believed she should have been suspended for much longer or even permanently. A number of people took to social media to voice their disgust with the seemingly light disciplinary action.
“Psychopath veterinarian Kristen Lindsey got away with cold-blooded murder,” one person tweeted. “Shame on the Veterinary Board.”
Wow. Double wow. Triple wow. Kristen Lindsey, the Texas vet who killed a cat with a bow and arrow and then… https://t.co/l2ePDnvOEY
— catster (@catster) October 18, 2016
This is not the only story about animal killing that is generating outrage this week. Sometime in the last few days, a New Jersey hunter armed with a bow and arrow shot and killed a beloved bear that had been known to locals as Pedals. The bear had either an injury or deformity in its front paws that led it to walk upright everywhere it went.
Locals enjoyed snapping pictures of the bear as it ambled through their backyards, with some comparing it to a Hanna Barbera cartoon.
News of Pedals’ death was shared through a Facebook page that had been dedicated to the animal.
“PEDALS IS DEAD. The hunter who has wanted him dead for nearly 3 years had the satisfaction of putting an arrow through him, bragging at the station. The very place where they weighed him, examined his legs, confirmed it was “the bi-pedal”. Where there were two biologists on hand taking many many pictures. PEDALS IS DEAD.”
The post noted that Pedals was killed by a hunter who had vowed to bag the animal, though the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection did not release the name of the hunter who had killed Pedals.
And while the seemingly light punishment doled out to Kristen Lindsey for killing a cat with a bow and arrow continued to generate controversy, some pointed out that it will likely be difficult for her to find a job at any veterinarian clinic once her suspension is over.
[Featured Image by Kristen Lindsey/Facebook]