Texas Veterinarian Kristen Lindsey posted a disturbing photo on Facebook in April 2015.
Despite having the responsibility to care for animals, Lindsey impaled a cat in the head with an arrow and then posted the photo online.
Even worse was the caption accompanied with the photo that read, “My first bow kill lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award… gladly accepted.”
When her boss and owner of Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas, discovered the photo, he fired her, according to USA Today. Two months later, a grand jury in the state capital decided that the case contained insufficient proof to bring criminal charges. However, that doesn’t mean she was allowed to keep her job. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners held a hearing to determine whether Lindsey could keep her state animal-medicine license.
A co-worker of Lindsey told the board she had overheard Lindsey allegedly speaking with her boss and landlord who told her to “take care of the cat.” “What I understood him to mean was for Kristen to shoot the cat,” Karen Chapman said. “People do that all the time in Washington County.”
Brian Bishop, Linsey’s lawyer, made the case that she was protecting her own cat and other cats in the area. He said strays carry disease and get into fights, therefore it was an act of good for the community. But this was not just a random stray. A family came forward and said the cat belonged to them and was properly neutered, according to USA Today.
Local television station, KVUE, reported that Lindsey is required to participate in six hours of animal welfare training, on top of the 17 hours of continued education already recommended.
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[Featured Image: KVUE]