According to an October 3 report by Veterinary Practice News, in a legal finding the Texas Board accuses Kristen Lindsey of committing animal cruelty. Lindsey’s mother was also found in a legal filing to have made light of a cat’s death who was likely a patient at the clinic Washington Animal Clinic where Lindsey practiced.
*Lindsey’s mother took the infamous photo of the bow and arrow kill
*News media as well as social media website identified the dead cat as Tiger. Although it has never been proven the photo was of Tiger, the missing cat hasn’t been seen since the April 15 killing
*Tiger was a patient at Washington Animal Clinic where Lindsey was employed
*Lindsey was wearing archery gloves in the photo. The board stated they believe the cat was shot through the skull, most likely with the arrow entering through his eye or between his eyes.
The Texas Board also acknowledges Becky Lindsey, Kristen’s mother, remarked about the killing on social media.
Lindsey was notified by the board in August that she surrender her license. Her attorney hasn’t commented on the case, which was moved to the State Office of Administrative Hearings. It will likely be several months before an administrative law just will review the case. Some reports state it may take until February 2016 for the case to settle. With all of the publicity, it’s unlikely Lindsey is still a practicing veterinarian.
The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners stated acts committed away from the workplace can affect a practitioner’s license saying
“Furthermore, the commission of animal cruelty is directly at odds with the ability, capacity and fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of the practice of veterinary medicine. Additionally, [Lindsey] documented her actions and presented them to the public as the actions of an exemplary veterinarian, deserving of a ‘vet of the year award.’
Lindsey was cited for lack of empathy and poor professional character. She was also found in violation of the Texas Veterinary Licensing act by committing illegal practices and portraying unprofessional conduct. Lindsey was also determined by the board to be in breach of state law. She escaped criminal charges by a grand jury, but that didn’t bar the Texas Board from finding Lindsey guilty of animal cruelty.
The third breach was a board rule regarding acts that violate state law. While a grand jury declined to return criminal charges and Lindsey was not convicted of a crime, state regulators determined that the lack of a conviction did not bar them from finding Lindsey responsible for animal cruelty. Her actions are connected with her position as a veterinarian regardless of whether she was on the job at the time.
While Lindsey may never be disciplined by Texas law for killing a cat, the Texas Board is moving forward to ensure she never practices veterinary medicine in the future in the state of Texas.