TEXAS – The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners recommended just this week that Kristen Lindsey, the veterinarian who shot Tiger the cat with a bow and arrow, has her veterinary license suspended for five years.
Back in April 2015, Lindsey shot the cat through the head with an arrow and posted a photo to Facebook of herself holding the dead animal. “My first bow kill LOL,” she wrote. “The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award…gladly accepted.”
Lindsey stated that she believed the cat was feral, but he actually belonged to a family and was named Tiger.
A Grand Jury claimed it did not have enough evidence to charge Lindsey with a crime, but the fight for her license has been ongoing.
The recommendation mentioned that Lindsey grew up in an area where shooting feral cats is common and it was a “split-second decision.” It also pointed out, however, that the cat’s owners and pet-sitter were distraught over the death of their pet.
The Board recommended the five-year license suspension with four years fully probated and for Lindsey to complete continuing education hours in the areas of veterinary jurisprudence and animal welfare and at perform least 100 hours of community service volunteering time at a feline rescue, free spay/neuter clinic or similar facility.
After she posted the picture, Lindsey was immediately fired from a practice Brenham where specialized in equine medicine. The Board recommendation also stated that she had very little contact with small animals in her practice.
Back in July of this year, Lindsey was charged with a DWI in Houston.