Kristen Lindsey suspended: Has a Texas vet being appropriately punished or should her license be revoked along with forced to face criminal charges?
The suspension follows demands to have the woman permanently ousted after animal rights activists reacted to the shocking April, 2015 incident which saw the vet proudly boasting of the kill.
Posted the vet at the time to incredulous disbelief of onlookers: ‘My first bow kill… lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s (sic) head. Vet of the year award… gladly accepted.’
It wasn’t long before the vet suffered the wrath of the community, with the woman allegedly receiving death and rape threats along with her being fired from the Brenham animal clinic where she practiced in Texas.
After the picture was posted on Facebook, the clinic where she worked released a statement, stating: ‘The clinic released a statement on Facebook saying: ‘We are absolutely appalled, shocked, upset, and disgusted by the conduct.
‘We have parted ways with Ms. Lindsey. We do not allow such conduct and we condemn it in the strongest possible manner,’ the clinic said in the statement.’
While the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners deemed Lindsey to have acted in a cruel manner towards the animal, named Tiger, who had wandered onto Kristen Lindsey’s back yard, the board decided against more onerous punishment, instead choosing to ban her to the consternation of animal rights activists from practicing for a year.
The woman’s lawyer, Brian Bishop told the review board that his client believed the cat to be feral while adding it was unusual for people near her rural home west of Houston to ‘dispose’ of feral animals.
A report via x tells of the suspension being followed by a further four years’ probation and other requirements.
Responding to the board’s decision, Bishop agreed that Lindsey shouldn’t have posted images to Facebook, while denying his client had acted with ‘criminal recklessness’.
Added the lawyer: ’This case would never have gone forward but for the fact that we live in a social media age.’
Nevertheless Kristen Lindsey suspension continues to fall short of animal rights activists demands, with the Animal Legal Defense Fund issuing the following statement:
‘This slap on the wrist pales in comparison to the egregious felony cruelty that Ms. Lindsey committed against a defenseless cat.
‘Allowing Ms. Lindsey to continue to practice veterinary medicine in the future puts animals in the community at great risk, and taints the good name of the trusted veterinary profession.’
A Facebook page, #JusticeforTiger, calling for justice for Tiger has been liked by more than 55,000 people.
At the time the disgraced vet deleted her Facebook page before police became aware of it, and a grand jury ruled there was not enough evidence to charge her with animal cruelty.
In the interim, Kristen Lindsey continues to be the target of animal rights activists with many demanding that her license should be revoked, while some express incredulity that the vet wasn’t pressed with criminal charges.
What do you think? Have activists gone too far? Has Lindsey being met an appropriate punishment or has the vet simply become the battle face of an animal activist cause looking to upend its cause…?
Disgusting that #KristenLindsey is only suspended from veterinary medicine for a year. Not okay.
— Alyssa Flisiak (@alyssachicago) October 19, 2016
— Marjorie @DashKitten (@whskr) October 18, 2016
— Phila. Felines (@philafelines) October 18, 2016
1 year suspended from vet job, no jail time for murdering a cat #KristenLindsey
— Orion’s Line (@OrionsLine) October 18, 2016