Bow killing vet not being charged

June 30th, 2015 at 12:34 pm EDT
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There is more to this disturbing story, and hard to believe she won't be charged..

Lack of evidence prevents prosecution of alleged cat bow-kill

Kristen Lindsey, DVM, will not face criminal charges associated with Facebook post that outraged public, her colleagues.

Source: Julie Scheidegger, DVM360 MAGAZINE

Kristen Lindsey, DVM—who posted a photo on Facebook of what she says was a dead feral cat she bragged about killing with a bow and arrow—will not be prosecuted by the criminal district attorney in Austin County, Texas. A release from district attorney Travis Koehn's office says the Austin County Grand Jury examined all the evidence presented and determined there was insufficient proof to charge Lindsey with a crime.

The attorney's office states that after a thorough investigation by the Austin County Sheriff's Office, investigators were unable to confirm where or when the incident took place. Subpoenas to Facebook proved fruitless, failing to produce useable evidence, investigators said. Without a confirmed time and place, officers lacked probable cause to obtain a search warrant. The district attorney's office says the state lacked proof that the incident even occurred in Texas.

Authorities can't establish identity of cat

Further, despite claims online naming a local pet cat the victim, investigators say they were never able to positively confirm the identity of the cat seen in the photograph. "Although one witness believes the cat to be a pet named Tiger, three different area residents had fed similar looking cats at one time or another that had no collar and had strayed," the release states.

For the state to have successfully prosecuted Lindsey, Texas Penal Code requires the state to prove either that Lindsey killed a cat without the owner's consent or that she killed a stray cat in a cruel manner. While many commenters and veterinary colleagues online said shooting a cat through the head with a bow and arrow was cruel, the release cites American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines that state the killing of animals by "gunshot or bolt to the head can be humane when done correctly."

Protection as defense

Prosecution in the case was complicated further as it was based initially on an unsworn hearsay report that Lindsey might have acted to protect her pets from "a potentially rabid stray cat." A person's right to protect his or her pets from an attack is a defense to animal cruelty charges in Texas.

"Although evidence is insufficient that an offense occurred here, both Austin and Washington counties are suffering from an outbreak of rabies cases, and at least one local resident is currently undergoing treatment after contact with a rabid animal," the release from the District Attorney's Office notes.

Lindsey’s veterinary license still at risk

Although no further criminal action will be taken against Lindsey, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) still retains the authority to decide whether Lindsey should retain her veterinary license. Although TBVME public information officer Loris Jones cannot disclose information regarding the board's investigation into the Lindsey case, she did confirm that the board's process and procedure is completely separate from that of law enforcement.

Since late April—when the photo and subsequent comments were posted and quickly deleted from Lindsey's Facebook page—public and professional sentiment has been overwhelming against the young veterinarian. On the day of the Facebook post, the clinic Lindsey worked for, Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas, released a statement that Lindsey had been fired. Duct tape covered her name on the clinic's sign.

The AVMA has condemned Lindsey’s alleged actions, and her alma mater, Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has publicly denounced the "grotesque actions and comments displayed in that post." Publicly, Lindsey has been silent.

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P.S. Thanks again for all your support.

On principle that veterinarian, Kristen Lindsey, DVM, should be charged.

I am glad to see the veterinary association is following through with prosecution.

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