A Texas veterinarian has been fired from her clinic after posting on Facebook an image of herself holding a cat she had killed by shooting an arrow into his head.
Kristen Lindsey, 31, from Brenham, Texas, hunted the feline, whom she thought was feral, down in her backyard and shot him with a bow.
However, a local rescue center has stated that the cat, allegedly named Tiger, was a domesticated one and had been missing for about two weeks. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Kristen Lindsey from Brenham, Texas, allegedly hunted the animal down and shot him with a bow believing he was feral and then posted the image on Facebook.
Underneath the image, Lindsey, originally from Wyoming, wrote:
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.
The now former vet also wrote in a comment, before learning she had lost her job:
And no I did not lose my job. Psshh. Like someone would get rid of me. I’m awesome.
Yet Lindsey, a Colorado State graduate, did lose her job at the Washington Animal Clinic after the picture started circulating online and staff have since distanced themselves from the former employee.
2. Lindsey, pictured with her mother Becky, said after the picture was uploaded that she didn’t lose her job — claiming no one would fire her because she is “awesome”. However, she later learned she had been fired.
Washington Animal Clinic staff have released a statement on Facebook on Friday 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.
Please know that when informed of this we responded swiftly and appropriately and please do not impute this awful conduct to the Washington Animal Clinic or any of its personnel.
Local prosecutors are considering whether Lindsey should face criminal charges.
3. Local prosecutors are now considering whether she should face criminal charges. She was also slammed online with a number of people saying she should lose her veterinarian license.
A Facebook page, named “Justice for the cat murdered by Kirsten Lindsey” has now been “liked” by close to 22,000 people.
A video of the six-year-old feline Lindsey is believed to have killed, riding on top of a tractor, has also been shared online (scroll down to see it).
Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes says that he was disturbed by the picture. He told KBTX:
This kind of stuff shouldn’t happen in our society. It’s a very sad thing.
Hopefully we will get to the bottom of it and get the truth, 100 per cent truth, and get it to the DA and put it in his hands if it needs to go any further.
4. A video of the six-year-old cat that Lindsey is believed to have killed riding on top of a tractor has also surfaced online.
The Texas Veterinary Medical Association has also condemned Lindsey’s actions, saying that her conduct does not reflect the standards of other vets. They said in a a statement:
The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) strongly condemns the actions of a veterinarian who claims to have recently shot and killed a feral cat with the use of a bow and arrow.
The veterinarian, who worked in Brenham, Texas, and is not a TVMA member, posted a picture of herself holding the deceased cat on her personal Facebook page along with some insensitive remarks about the incident.
5. The Colorado State graduate lost her job at the Washington Animal Clinic (pictured) after the image began circulating online. She has yet to respond to the image.
The Texas Veterinary Medical Association added:
This individual’s actions directly violate the veterinarian’s oath taken to use his or her “scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.”
We are saddened and disturbed by the unfortunate actions of this individual, and we remind Texas residents that this conduct is not reflective of the veterinary profession or of the veterinarians who strive to embody the words of the veterinarian’s oath every day.
Upon learning of the troubling misconduct, the Brenham clinic where the veterinarian was practicing immediately condemned her actions and terminated her employment.
The clinic’s ownership and staff have expressed their deepest shock and disgust at such behavior and are regretful that the individual acted in a manner that so drastically deviated from the conduct and values the clinic has upheld in its community for years.
We hope you will stand strong with us against this type of behavior against animals. TVMA values the trust built between veterinarians and the public based on mutually shared care for animals.
We hope that we can unite to prevent actions like this from occurring in the future.
6. A video of the six-year-old feline Lindsey is believed to have killed, riding on top of a tractor, has emerged since the incident.
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