Veterinarian Who Killed a Cat With Bow and Arrow is Suspended For One Year

In April 2015, Texas-based veterinarian Kristen Lindsey
shocked and horrified pet dad and mom and animal lovers in every single place
when she posted a photograph on Fb of herself holding a
useless cat that she killed with a bow and arrow.

 

Within the disturbing publish that accompanied the picture, Lindsey
wrote, “My first bow kill lol. The one good feral tomcat is
one with an arrow via its head! Vet of the yr award…
gladly accepted.”

 

Lindsey wasn’t named vet of the yr, fairly, in response to
People, she was fired by her
employers at Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas. (petMD
reached out to Washington Animal Clinic, who declined to offer a
assertion relating to the matter.) 

 

Two months after the case got here to mild, a grand jury within the
state capital dominated that no legal expenses can be filed
in opposition to Lindsey as a result of there was “inadequate proof,”
in response to Folks. However a grievance to the Texas
Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners led to an investigation
and listening to relating to Lindsey’s skill to observe veterinary
drugs within the state.

 

On Tuesday, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical
Examiners dominated that Lindsey can be suspended from practising
drugs for a yr and can be on 4 years of probation
following the year-long suspension. She was additionally ordered to
conduct 100 hours of neighborhood service and participate
in animal welfare coaching. 

 

The ruling has upset many animal activists—and welfare
organizations just like the Animal Authorized Protection Fund—who need
justice for the feline. In Lindsey’s authentic Fb
publish, the veterinarian justified the killing of the cat
as a result of she believed it to be feral. However feral cat advocates
stress the significance of respecting and caring for
neighborhood cats. “These cats are completely not a
hazard,” Audrey Stratton, clinic supervisor at San
Diego’s Feral Cat Coalition, tells
petMD’s sister site
PawCulture
. In accordance to DallasNews.com, the feline killed by
Lindsey was allegedly not a feral cat at all. The
newspaper stories that the cat was named Tiger
and belonged to a neighbor.  

 

An announcement on the ALDF web site reads, “The Animal Authorized
Protection Fund is deeply upset by the Veterinary Board’s
resolution to solely briefly droop Kristen Lindsey’s
veterinary license. This slap on the wrist pales as compared
to the egregious felony cruelty that Ms. Lindsey dedicated
in opposition to a defenseless cat. Permitting Ms. Lindsey to proceed to
observe veterinary drugs sooner or later places animals within the
neighborhood at nice danger, and taints the great title of the
trusted veterinary career.” 

 

The ALDF tells petMD that “our attorneys are wanting into
extra authorized choices” in opposition to Lindsey. 

 

Picture through Shutterstock 

 

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