A recommendation that cat killing veterinarian Kristen Lindsey should have her license suspended for five years falls short of what she deserves, according to Alley Cat Allies. The recommendation was made Monday by two state administrative judges.
“Alley Cat Allies has stated from the beginning of this case that Kristen Lindsey’s veterinary license should be revoked and she should never again care for cats or other animals,” said Misty Christo, Alley Cat Allies’ lead attorney on the case. “Animal owners who may not know about her history have a right to be protected from mistakenly entrusting their own animals into her care.”
The recommendation is not final and will be passed on to the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The judges also left the door open for Lindsey to return to work as a veterinarian on a probationary basis after her first year of suspension is over.
According to the two administrative judges, Lindsey should also be required to take continuing education classes in veterinary jurisprudence and animal welfare, and perform 100 hours of community service in a feline rescue center or free spay/neuter clinic.
In April of 2015, Lindsey shot a cat through the head with an arrow and bragged about it on social media. The judges agreed that the cat was not feral as Lindsey claimed, but a pet cat named Tiger, according to Tiger’s Justice Team News Page on Facebook.
“My first bow kill LOL,” she wrote. “The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award…gladly accepted.”
Alley Cat Allies also challenged the judges’ characterization of Lindsey as “an otherwise competent veterinarian who made a single, serious mistake of judgment.”
“The judges’ recommended punishment is far from adequate for the torture that Kristen Lindsey inflicted on Tiger as she killed him,” Christo said. “She blatantly violated the Veterinarian’s Oath for the ‘prevention and relief of animal suffering’ and should lose her license forever.”
“We are pleased that the judges at least recognize that her actions were unacceptable and deserve punishment. This alone is a win in Alley Cat Allies’ work to ensure that animal cruelty cases are treated with the serious consideration they deserve,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.
Attorneys on both sides will have an opportunity to submit written exceptions to the judges’ recommendations. The Board’s final decision is expected this fall.