‘Vet’ shoots cat in the head with arrow. Internet jumps into action.

Originally published at The NAAIJ on April 17th 2015. Republished with permission

Austin County, Texas (NAAIJ) – A ‘veterinarian’ out of Texas has caused a stir on the Internet. She had proudly posted to her Facebook profile a picture of a slaughtered cat with an arrow through its head with the accompanying text: “The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the Year award…Gladly accepted”

The numerous problems here are that for starters, feral or not, killing cats is illegal under Texas Penal Code 42.09

42.09 Animal Cruelty: Any person who shoots a non-livestock animal, which includes any stray or feral cat or dog, and a wild living creature previously captured, can be charged with a felony offense. Penal Code 42.092 of the State of Texas law states that a person must have the owner’s consent to kill the animal (exceptions to prosecution are provided in Section 42.092(e)(1)). It is clear that a “stray” dog or cat either has no owner or that the person who shoots the animal did not get the owner’s consent.

The picture that started it all.

To make matters even worse. The cat was domesticated and being cared for by a volunteer of ‘True Blue Animal Rescue‘. Not feral at all! (Also not cared for by TBAR itself, but independently by a volunteer)

This domestically owned cat has been missing for three days at the time of writing.

Kristen Lindsey, A 2012 Colorado State University graduate, seemed absolutely incredulous at the notion she could lose her job for her brutal and illegal actions.

Then this happened.

Shortly before Noon, the clinic put duct tape over her name on the sign.

Speaking to local KBTX News

“At this point and time we’ve decided to separate ourselves from Dr. Lindsey and this practice. Our goal now is to go on and try to fix our black eye and hope that people are reasonable and understand that those actions don’t anyway portray what we’re for here” Dr. Bruce Buenger, Washington Animal Clinic

The Washington Animal Clinic even revamped its entire website, creating a custom landing page for all visitors and scrubbing any reference at all to Dr. Kristen Lindsey

The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners lists a Kristen Lindsey as holding License #12622.

Currently there is no ‘Disciplinary Actions’ on record. Let’s change that. Ideally we get the license revoked completely, but failing that a Disciplinary Action is the next best thing, Absent, of course, Felony Charges.

Contact information for the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners follows:

State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
333 Guadalupe Street Tower III Suite 810
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512.305.7555
Complaints only: 1.800.821.3205
Fax: 512.305.7556
Legal/Human Resources Fax: 512.305.7574
Enforcement Fax: 512.936.0837
email: vet.board@veterinary.texas.gov

While Ms. Lindsey has indeed been fired from her position, A Petition continues to garner support to have her license revoked and Felony Charges applied. http://www.yousignanimals.org/Revoke-license-of-Texas-vet-that-hunts-feral-cats-boasts-about-it-online-t-2311

The Texas Veterinary Medical Association has released the following statement:

“The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) 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.

This individual’s actions directly violate the veterinarian’s oath taken to use his or her “scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.” We are saddened and disturbed by the unfortunate actions of this individual, and we remind Texas residents that this conduct is not reflective of the veterinary profession or of the veterinarians who strive to embody the words of the veterinarian’s oath every day.

Upon learning of the troubling misconduct, the Brenham clinic where the veterinarian was practicing immediately condemned her actions and terminated her employment. The clinic’s ownership and staff have expressed their deepest shock and disgust at such behavior and are regretful that the individual acted in a manner that so drastically deviated from the conduct and values the clinic has upheld in its community for years.”

I guess you’ll have to hold off on that ‘Vet of the Year’ award, Dr. Kristen Lindsey

Update: Alley Cat Allies is offering a $7,500 reward for evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the cat in Austin County.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Austin County Sheriff’s Office at (979)-865-3111.

Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: nigel [at] naaij [dot] org [PGP]

13 comments for “‘Vet’ shoots cat in the head with arrow. Internet jumps into action.

  1. labman57
    April 17, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Today: “Like someone would get rid of me. I’m awesome!”
    Tomorrow: “Would you like fries with that?”

  2. Susan
    April 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    labman57 — Coolest comment I have seen in a very long time anywhere! Bravo!

  3. Fred
    April 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    This woman is representative of the narcissistic addiction running rampant in America. These children masquerading as adults are reflective of the continual dumbing-down and self-absorption which is daily promoted. This individual should be charged with murder. At the very least she should be in a mental institution.

  4. megan
    April 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Wow! I bet she thinks her life is her own reality show what a narcissistic ass hole. She’ll find out the hard way that karma can be a real bitch herself. I hope this destroys her.

  5. Renee
    April 19, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Oh no……She’s too well known now. As soon as anyone gets wind of her working somewhere, they’ll picket the Burger King. Lol

  6. Julie
    April 19, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I hope this destroys her too. It’s too bad she wasn’t institutionalized long before this happened. Her mother needs to be looked at too. And the friend – that said K showed poor judgement in posting the photo on Facebook???? What about poor judgement in general? Makes me sick.

  7. cooper
    April 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    The sad part is that there are plenty of redneck men out there who will support her and she’ll probably make millions from this barbaric action.

  8. ohso80
    April 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    2morrow “would you like fries with that”…. Later tht month holding a sign that reads “Will wrk for food”!!!!.

  9. sanity
    April 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Moral double standard writ large.
    To be morally consistent we need to stop eating animals.
    Most meat eaters kill far, far more animals, and in far more cruel circumstances, than that woman did.
    How is it that the multitudes completely fail to grasp this?

  10. Z
    April 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    No one failed to grasp this. This is the case of a vet who proudly displayed the fact that she killed a person’s pet. She did so crudely and cruelly and then gleefully boasted on Facebook. She’s a total psychopath.

    People who kill to sustain their lives or the lives of their children aren’t doing so because it’s fun and they love to kill. Animals are simply an excellent source of protein and other nutrients.

    However this is similar to what hunters do when they kill game, and have no plans on using the meat.

  11. Drazto
    April 22, 2015 at 3:28 am

    That’s hilarious. But at this point I don’t even think she could get a job like that. She is to busy HIDING OUT. her entire family is hiding in greyBull, Wyoming. They are scared out of their sociopathic brains! Before all the hate on the Internet, her mother was bragging that she snapped the photo. By the way the car was not dead when photos was taken. It suffered horribly

  12. Draz
    April 22, 2015 at 3:30 am

    I agree. She needs help. Even though I’m not sure that a psychopath can’t be helped. Nor do they want to be helped. Usually psychopath sociopaths and narcissist never change. Actually hundred percent of them do not change.

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