Advocates are carrying on with their efforts to seek justice in the case of a vet who killed a cat for fun with a bow and arrow.
On June 24, an Austin County Grand Jury declined to indict Lindsey for animal cruelty, to the disappointment of advocates who stood outside the courthouse and many others in Texas, the US and around the world.
Lindsey was employed as a veterinarian with the Washington Animal Clinic two months ago when she killed a cat with a bow and arrow, posted and bragged about it at Facebook, joking that she deserved an award.
She posted a photo of herself holding the cat she had just killed like a trophy, with the caption: “My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s head! Vet of the year award … Gladly accepted.”
Lindsey was immediately fired from her position as a veterinarian and an investigation was opened in the case.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has asked the district attorney’s office for files relating to the case, to ensure that justice is served, if possible.
The organization issued this news release:
District Attorney’s Handling of Cat Shooting Case Probed by Animal Legal Defense Fund
AUSTIN — On June 26, the Animal Legal Defense Fund invited Austin County District Attorney Travis J. Koehn under the Texas Public Information Act (Tex. Gov. Code § 552.001 et seq.) to produce all records relating to the criminal case against Kristen Lindsey, a veterinarian who killed a cat with a bow and arrow. Ms. Lindsey outraged animal lovers in April after posting a photo of herself on Facebook holding an orange cat with an arrow through its head, stating “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.”
Earlier in the week, a Texas grand jury found there was “insufficient proof” to charge Ms. Lindsey with animal cruelty and thus the District Attorney closed the case. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is requesting the District Attorney’s files on the case because (1) it takes issue with the prosecution’s substantive legal analysis of the application of Tex. Pen. Code § 42.092(b)(2) (killing an animal without consent of its owner) and (2) it intends to examine what steps were taken during the investigation to overcome the issues of establishing jurisdiction and proving venue for Ms. Lindsey’s admitted actions.
“The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased to see the Austin County District Attorney taking animal cruelty seriously and we are grateful to the members of the Grand Jury for their work as well,” said Scott Heiser, a former prosecutor and current director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program. “Unfortunately, it is possible that the investigation was incomplete and that the prosecution misconstrued Tex. Pen. Code § 42.092(b)(2). We simply want to have a detailed look at the file in an effort to ensure that justice is served.” Heiser went on to note that, “Under the Texas Public Information Act, a prosecutor can invoke an express statutory exemption and refuse to produce a closed criminal file where a suspect was not convicted. However, it is our sincere hope that Mr. Koehn will waive this provision and allow a review of this very public case.”
The Justice for “Tiger” the Cat Murdered By Kristen Lindsey Facebook page remains active and committed to getting justice for the cat killed by Lindsey. There are efforts to see to it that Lindsey’s veterinary license be revoked. The page asks concerned animal lovers to help keep the story alive, in aid of those efforts, and notes that Lindsey supporters are reporting pages and working against their efforts.
See our earlier posts on this story: Texas veterinarian is fired after killing cat and boasting at Facebook and Former Texas vet who killed cat with arrow will not be charged.
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11 thoughts on “Advocates continue to seek justice in Kristen Lindsey cat killing case”
did she honestly think that people wouldnt care? she deserves whatever she gets from this. and forget the fact that anyone would ever bring an animal to her!
I’m glad you keeping this posting going the beautiful baby tiger deserve justice we will not stop in till the beautiful baby cat tiger gets justice
I am thrilled to see this story being kept alive. Although there has been no legal justice for Tiger – Ms. Awesome can bend over & kiss her career good-bye. After what she did no one will ever hire her again as a veterinarian. This was not just a stupid mistake this was a cruel and disturbing act by a vile person against an innocent cat.
It won’t go away if we don’t allow it to. Public opinion carries a lot of influence and weight. We can make incite a change in attitude and venue with what we are doing. I firmly believe in this!!!!!
I feel that there has been and will be a strong attempt to bury this story. Folks don’t let that happen.
Red cats are the best!
More people would be horrified by this vet’s actions if the picture weren’t pixellated. That picture doesn’t tell much of a story any more.
Just curious. Somewhere I heard that red cats are mostly boy cats, or is that calico cats?
My age is showing. Do you know? I had a strawberry blond boy kitty, Obye Syesta.
Red/orange/peach (dilute) are frequently boy cats, at least in the US and Europe.
I spent a year in Korea, there were many orange females among those cats, and a few calicos. Red is normally recessive to black, so two red kitties will have only red or peach kitties. A black kitty could be hiding a red gene.
Calico/tortoiseshell are almost always female (rest are XXY males), because they must have two female (X) genes to be orange and black at the same time.