You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat animals. So, when you think about a veterinarian you think of someone who is warm, caring and nurturing. Veterinarians dedicate their lives to saving animals and caring for the furry creatures that we love the most. Well, it turns out that not all veterinarians fit that description.
Take a good look at Kristen Lindsey. In 2015, this veterinarian posted a picture on Facebook bragging about shooting a feral cat with a bow and arrow through the skull in her own backyard outside of Austin, Texas.
The post went viral and animal lovers, animal-rights activists and decent human beings all over the world demanded that she have her license revoked.
Worst news about the incident? The cat was not feral at all. it was actually the neighbor’s cat named Tiger. This just makes it so much worse. The Facebook page, Justice For Tiger was set up in Tiger's honor.
In October 2016, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners ruled that Lindsey will not be able to practice for one year. After the year, she will be on probation for four years. When on probation, she will have to work with a supervisor approved by a state board who will be required to submit reports on her performance.
Supervisor or not, I wouldn’t want her near my cat or anyone’s cat.
When on trial, Lindsey’s attorney, Brian Bishop, claimed that killing a feral cat where she lives is common, so her actions were of the norm in that area. They admitted that she should not have posted the picture online, but that she didn’t act with “criminal recklessness.”
At the trial, Bishop stated, “This case would never have gone forward but for the fact that we live in a social-media age.”
After the decision to revoke her license for a year, Bishop toldThe Washington Post that he and his client were disappointed with the punishment and they planned to appeal.
“We are also disappointed that the Board has, for all intents and purposes, chosen to take sides in the culture war between the animal rescues zealots — who have campaigned to destroy Dr. Lindsey and her family — versus rural property owners who have the right to protect their property and their own animals from feral animals who are destroying their property and threatening their own animals...”
He also wrote that Lindsey “did what she did to protect her property and her own cat from an animal that was trespassing on her property, damaging her property, and endangering her domestic cat and her horse."