Cat Killer Appeal Fails, But May Now Practice Veterinary Medicine
A Texas court has rejected appeals from Austin veterinarian Dr. Kristen Lindsey, who lost her veterinary license for a year after shooting an arrow through the head of a cat named Tiger.
Lindsey is the veterinarian who posted on her Facebook page an image of cat impaled by the shaft of the arrow which she shot April 17, 2015. In the caption she bragged, “My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s head. Vet of the year award … gladly accepted.”
The post instantly went viral, even provoking international outrage. Ultimately, the Texas state board suspended her veterinary license and placed her on a probationary period.
Despite the relatively light penalty, Lindsey appealed the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’s decision in the Third Court of Appeals, arguing the actions she took “had nothing to do with the practice of veterinary medicine.”
It was just announced that Lindsey lost her appeal.
Lindsey’s full one year suspension ended in October 2017. She is on probation for four years and is permitted to practice veterinary medicine (including on cats) on a probationary basis.
Tiger’s owner, Claire Johnson, said in the original court case that she didn’t want to be responsible for permanently damaging Lindsey career, which in part, explains the initial light sentencing.
“How can a veterinarian kill a cat, whether it’s owned, feral, unowned or abandoned – it doesn’t matter if she thought the cat was feral. This is astounding to me. Killing cats is against the law in Texas,” trial expert witness Dr. William Folger told me in December, 2016. “I am as shocked today as when I first heard about this. I couldn’t not believe a colleague could kill a cat in an inhumane, barbaric and cruel manner. It’s beyond my comprehension.”
The court did order that Lindsey pay court costs associated with her unsuccessful appeal efforts