The latest development in the case of a Texas veterinarian who shot and killed a cat with a bow and arrow came Saturday when the sheriff made the announcement that unless the photo can be proven genuine, an arrest can’t be made. The Richmond Times Dispatch posted the story April 18.
“I’ve had people calling me from all over the country expressing their concern. I just want everybody to know several things. We can’t arrest and charge someone like that based on a picture on the internet. We have to make sure that is true and correct. Anybody can take a computer and alter a photograph.”
The sheriff said his office had reached out to Kristen Lindsey, and she didn’t want to talk with them at this time. An update was posted on their Facebook: Austin County Sheriff page
“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.”
Sheriff Brandes goes on to say Lindsey may show up for a meeting, and she may not.
The investigation is continuing, and the results will be turned over to the county district attorney, who could present the evidence to a grand jury or issue a warrant.
Depending on the severity determined by the county district attorney, animal cruelty can be a misdemeanor or a felony in Texas. Sheriff Brandes remarked that the wheels of justice are slow to turn, and he needs to be sure before accusing and arresting someone based on a Facebook photo.
To contact the Austin County Sheriff’s office by phone call 979-865-3111 or Fax: 979-865-8271. For a list of district attorney’s for Austin, click here.
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.