For animal lovers, especially cat lovers, the name Kristen Lindsey is infamous. She could very well be the most despised veterinarian right now in North America.
The situation began when Lindsey, a veterinarian who works for Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas posted a photo of herself on her Facebook page earlier this month. The picture was Lindsey holding a dead cat with an arrow through the head. This is what Lindsey posted:
“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.”
WARNING: This photo is extremely graphic. But we think it’s important to show it.
Since then, Lindsey has been fired from her job. The clinic put a duct tape over her name after 500 calls were made to the clinic demanding she be fired.
“Our goal now is to go on and try to fix our black eye and hope that people are reasonable and understand that those actions don’t anyway portray what we’re for here at Washington Animal Clinic,” said Dr. Bruce Buenger. “We put our heart and soul into this place.”
A twitter feed with the hashtag #IAmTiger and #JusticeforTiger have been started.
The police are looking into Lindsey’s actions. Here’s a statement from the D.A.’s office issued by Travis Koehn, the Austin County District Attorney.
“My office will carefully review this matter, as we do with all investigations forwarded by law enforcement. I appreciate that there has been intense worldwide interest in this case. As the case is presently under review, we have no other comment about the investigation at this time.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, which issues licenses to practice veterinary medicine in the state, also condemned the action.
“We, too, were shocked and appalled by this image when we saw it. Every veterinarian takes an oath that states in part that they will “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 latest is it appears the cat was not feral at all but was owned by a couple. Tiger, their cat, went missing and hasn’t been found since.
We’ll keep you updated on this story.