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
Complaints only: 1.800.821.3205
Legal/Human Resources Fax: 512.305.7574
Enforcement Fax: 512.936.0837
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
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]