Veterinarian Who Bragged About Shooting Cat With Bow and Arrow Gets Suspension
The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in Austin decided to revoke the license of Kristen Lindsey , a veterinarian who killed a cat with a bow and arrow and bragged about it online.
The post read: "My first bow kill lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award...gladly accepted."
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Following the gruesome post, Lindsey was fired from her position at the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham where she sued to work and was put under investigation by the Austin County Sheriff's Office last April, MySanAntonio.com said.
On June 2015, an Austin County grand jury decided not to charge Lindsey with a crime.
Telegraph reported that Lindsey thought the cat was a feral cat. However, she later found out that the cat, named "Tom" actually belongs to her neighbor and was just wandering around on her property.
Lindsey's license will be suspended for a year and it will be followed by four years of probation. She will also undergo additional training in animal welfare.
Meanwhile, Brian Bishop, her lawyer, told Associated Press that on her area, it was common for people to kill feral cats. She also came into the defense of Lindsey saying she only did it to protect her own cat as feral cats carry diseases. Bishop said she appeal the suspension.
"This case would never have gone forward but for the fact that we live in a social media age," Bishop said.
Defense fund lawyer David Rosengard, told the board that the way she handled the feral cat was inappropriate as per veterinary practice:
"Her understanding of how to deal with stray cats failed to comply with Texas law, failed to comply with the standards of veterinary practice here in the state of Texas, and that is, of course, her responsibility that she has to live up to," USAToday writes, quoting Rosengard.