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Texas Cat-Killing Vet Kristen Lindsey Loses Appeal

A court in Austin, Texas has rejected appeals from a Kristen Lindsey, the now-infamous veterinarian who lost her license for a year after shooting an arrow through the head of a cat named Tiger and then bragging about it on Facebook.

Lindsey’s 2015 Facebook post sparked massive outrage among animal rights activists, who called for a suspension of the vet’s license and animal cruelty charges. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) voted in October 2016 to suspend Lindsey’s license for five years. However, for the final four years, Lindsey is allowed to practice on a probationary basis, meaning that she only served one year of a complete suspension, from October 2016 through October 2017. Lindsey was not charged with animal cruelty in the case.

Lindsey appealed the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’s decision in the Third Court of Appeals, her attorneys arguing that the actions she took “had nothing to do with the practice of veterinary medicine.” She also appeals the TBVME’s authority to bring disciplinary action against her.

The court rejected both appeals and also ordered that Lindsey pay all costs related to the appeals, both in the trial court and court of appeals.

Animal rights activists and cat lovers around the world still believe Lindsey’s punishment was light. Alley Cat Allies actively pushed for harsh punishment, filing an amicus brief and offering testimony in the case.

“We’re pleased that the courts still see Kristen Lindsey’s actions as deserving of punishment, however, a one-year suspension is grossly inadequate for a veterinarian who gained such pleasure from the torture of a cat,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Kristen Lindsey should never be trusted to practice veterinary medicine again.”

What are your thoughts on the case? Weigh in with a comment!

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Jo

    May 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    As a vet whether the animal is feral or not all animals have a purpose and she became a vet knowing this. You can’t think people would trust you to take care of their animals with that attitude. I wouldn’t employ you, did you think if that! Who would employ someone who goes against the morals of living and caring for animals. As an Australian I find that she thought this was ok to be abhorrent!

    • Teri Westman

      May 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I agree, thank you!

    • Kim

      May 8, 2018 at 2:32 am

      We need more vets like you Jo thank you 🙂

    • e hutzie

      May 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      She lost in all court hearings and appeals and lost license for one year, but on probation for 4 more and has to work. if she is ever hired, being supervised by another vet, so you pay 2 vets and receive work from only one. Tiger was not feral, nor did he have rabies-he belonged to nearby neighbors and was taken to the vet annually.

  2. Susan Alexander

    May 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    She needed to have had her license revoked. The violent brutality of the way she slaughtered that poor housecat- then having the sociopathic nerve to post her picture on Social Media… the woman is sick. She needs to never treat or practice as a Vet again. I hope that her name and her reputation precedes her- and that ALL are warned before entrusting their precious pets to her psychotic care.

  3. KM Blue

    May 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Take away her license. She is a menace to living things and does not deserve any leniency. She needed jail time.

    • Lizzie

      May 5, 2018 at 5:15 am

      Her license should have been revoked forever, and she needed to get a long prison sentence.

  4. Carol Young

    May 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    She should have her licence revoked permanently. Her face should be shown all over so people will truly know how sadistic she is and…feral cats DO MATTER and should not be brutally murdered. I can’t believe the light sentence she received. This was someone’s loved pet to make matters even worse. She is a poor excuse for a human, let alone a “vet”. She is disgusting.

  5. C Girard

    May 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    This person violated the trust a veteranarian engenders by willingly and wantonly killing Tiger. She should never get her license back, ever!

  6. Teresa Abbitt

    May 2, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Kristen Lindsey you are a poor excuse for a human being. You are trash and should be treated as such.I hope you rot in hell. You make me sick!!! How dare you even try to come near another animal in your lifetime. You know what they say about animal abusers. Future serial killers!!! You are disgusting. You probably smell like rotten fish!!!

  7. Sheri

    May 2, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    She is a reprehensible human being with no regard for life. She isn’t fit to work fast food drive through much less be responsible for the treatment and care of defenseless animals. Why her license wasn’t revoked is beyond me.

  8. Sandi Charles

    May 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Unless she moves far away from wherever she’s from, no animal loving person would go to her clinic. She’s a disgrace to those who practice medicine and healing on living beings.

  9. Oli

    May 4, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Take away her license!.

  10. Teresa

    May 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I feel that she shpuld have her license revoked forever, not trustwothy. She could treat her patients creully.

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