Update June 9, 2016 Kristen Lindsey moves to strike expert testimony. No need contacting the Austin County DA’s office. Right now we’re waiting on a decision by the Texas Board.
“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 post quickly went viral, with more than 500 call coming into Washington Animal Clinic on Friday. This led to an investigation by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office. Lindsey was fired from her job on Friday.
There were so many hits to the Washington Animal Clinic website on Friday that the website crashed. When it went back up, the following statement had been issued
“Dear Friends, Clients, and other interested folks. We just learned of the conduct that is discussed below. 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.”
The Texas Medical Veterinary Association issued the following press release (entire statement can be found here)
“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. 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.”
Since Ms. Lindsey isn’t a member of their association, there may be very little they can do. The Texas Board of Veterinary Examiner’s, however, can do something. They posted the following media statement on their Facebook page
“The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has been made aware of the situation with one of our licensees. We will not be responding to any comments posted here and we request that any comments be submitted to our official agency email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.”
The Austin County Sheriff’s Office posted a media release on Saturday, April 18 on their Facebook page stating
“To all requesting the status of the investigation:
Interviews are being conducted – witnesses searched for, and statements taken. Once the report is complete, all evidence and relevant items will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Under Texas law, all elements of an offense have to be present and demonstrated in the investigatory process. Unlike TV, these investigations take time. There is no way we can say with certainty exactly when the investigation will be complete. When that event occurs, we will post on this Facebook page that the reports have been turned over to the prosecutors.”
Another media statement was released later in the day on Saturday by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office
“Update: Sheriff’s investigators have been in contact with Kristen Lindsey and she will be interviewed at the Sheriff’s office, in the presence of her attorney, early this week.”
A statement made by AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven says
“We are disturbed that this situation undermines the public trust and credibility that veterinarians have earned and so richly deserve. We hope the alleged isolated actions of one veterinarian will not tarnish the proud reputation earned by thousands who have dedicated their careers to promote the welfare of animals everywhere.”
Listed below are other important links you may wish to bookmark for future reference. Also, be sure to use the hashtag #KristenLindsey on social media.
Facebook: Remembering Tiger (NEW!)
Email address set up by AVMA solely to take complaints on Kristen LindseyJudicialCouncil@avma.org (NEW!)
This case is far from over. It’s alleged there may be more people involved in the murder of Tiger. A photo was captured by screenshot of Kristen’s mother, Becky Lindsey, saying she was the one who actually took the photo.
There is also public outcry to shame those who congratulated Kristen on her “kill.”
Alley Cat Allies is offering a $7,500 reward for hard evidence that can be used to get a conviction. Examiner covered that announcement here.
Information on social media is almost positive this is the beloved cat named Tiger belonging to a neighbor, and not a feral.
An April 18 article in the Richmond Times Dispatch says Kristen Lindsey can’t be arrested based on a Facebook photo. Perhaps the sheriff should take a look at this Examiner article detailing the arrest of two men in Arkansas who were arrested after posting a photo on Facebook showing cats they had killed.
A phone call to St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May might explain to him on how to proceed with the investigation.
Colorado State University Dean Dr. Mark Stetter, Dr. Melinda Frye, Associate Dean for Veterinary Academic and Student Affairs, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Scienceshas now spoken out that they do not support Lindsey in her actions stating
“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my 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.”
The entire statement posted on a KBTX article dated April 19 can be found by clicking here.
The Austin County Sheriff’s Office has just released a new statement saying that television news media is jumping the gun by saying no arrest will be made. Please keep check on their Facebook page for updates.
“A lot of people are making comments and asking questions about our investigative process.
We will not be posting on any social media what steps have been taken in the investigation. That is not the way the criminal justice process works. At present, we have a number of deputies assigned solely to this case. They are doing their job. As previously stated, once all the reports are complete, the entire file will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office. Depending on the elements, they will most likely present it to the next session of the Grand Jury. If they return a true bill (an indictment), an arrest warrant will be issued for whoever is named as an offender. That person (s) will be arrested, brought to jail, and after magistration, will be able to post bond. The District Attorney will then set the case for trial.
The Sheriff is not the prosecutor. In regards to Kristen Lindsey coming in with her attorney: In the US, when a person who is suspected of an offense invokes their rights under Miranda, they cannot be spoken with, or questioned in any manner without the presence of their attorney. They also have the absolute right not to say anything.
Whether or not search warrants have been issued and executed – or subpoenas have been served, that information is for the court system to view – not Facebook. We firmly believe in the rights of everyone and will uphold the justice system in the manner described in the law.
We realize that a fervor exists in this case, however we will do our part in the proper, legal, and ethical manner in order to provide the court system with all information and evidence it needs.
Thank you all for your participation.”
The most productive action at this time would be to contact the Texas Board of Veterinary Examiner’s at email@example.com.
On April 21, the Austin County Sheriff Facebook page posted
“At 7:59 this morning, the Austin County Sheriff has completed the investigation of the Animal Cruelty case first reported to us last Friday. The completed case file has been turned over to the Austin County District Attorney for filing of charges under Texas Penal Code 42.092.
With the completion of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office will not release any further comments or updates to this case. Any comments, questions or information requests must be made directly to the District Attorney’s Office.”
More about this can be found by clicking here.
Contact information for the Austin County District Attorney is listed below.
firstname.lastname@example.org District Attorney
email@example.com Assistant District Attorney
firstname.lastname@example.org (Vincent) Assistant District Attorney
One East Main Street
Bellville, Texas 77418