Texas vet who posted photo of cat kill keeps her license to practice

Kristen Lindsey, vet accused of killing cat with bow and arrow.
Kristen Lindsey, vet accused of killing cat with bow and arrow.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas veterinarian accused of killing a cat and then bragging about it on social media will now have four years of probation after a motion by The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Kristen Lindsey is being suspended for a total of five years, four of which she will be on probation, and one year where she won’t be allowed to practice veterinary medicine. Additionally, she has to do six hours of education on animal welfare along with the 17 hours already required by the state.

The post on Facebook from April 2015 has now been deleted, but initially, it was captioned “My first bow kill, LOL,” referring to killing feral cats. “Vet of the Year Award…gladly accepted,” she continued. The image shows Lindsey holding up the cat by the arrow she shot it with in the head.

Lindsey last appeared before the Vet Board in April this year. When the board attorney asked Lindsey if she believed a bow and arrow can be an appropriate method of killing a cat, she responded that it was an efficient way, but not appropriate.

The Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham where Lindsey worked fired her shortly after they found out about the image she posted on Facebook.

“It’s pretty much put me out of work for a year. I’m essentially unemployable. I’m not licensed elsewhere, so until I get this resolved, I don’t know. There is not much I can do,” said Lindsey while taking the stand in April.

A Grand Jury failed to indict Lindsey on animal cruelty charges. The district attorney claimed there was not sufficient proof to formally charge her.“Only a permanent revocation of Kristen Lindsey’s license is an acceptable ruling given the level of contempt for animals she has demonstrated,” said Misty Christo, Alley Cat Allies’ lead attorney on the case. “She shot Tiger, dangled him by an arrow through his head as he slowly died, and then celebrated the killing on social media with a grisly photo. She clearly broke the public trust we place in veterinarians and should never practice medicine again.”

Alley Cat Allies, an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, believe Lindsey’s punishment is too lenient.

“Only a permanent revocation of Kristen Lindsey’s license is an acceptable ruling given the level of contempt for animals she has demonstrated,” said Misty Christo, Alley Cat Allies’ lead attorney on the case. “She shot Tiger, dangled him by an arrow through his head as he slowly died, and then celebrated the killing on social media with a grisly photo. She clearly broke the public trust we place in veterinarians and should never practice medicine again.”