Social media is a powerful tool. Just ask the Texas veterinarian who used a bow and arrow to kill a feral cat. After the orange menace wandered onto her property, she took aim and killed it. Then she posted images on Facebook.
She obviously hadn’t anticipated the viral response, and she clearly hadn’t thought through the consequences she might face professionally when her actions were judged by others. And the response has been brutal.
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Her first problem came when she found out it wasn’t a feral cat, but a pet that belonged to her neighbor.
That news came after Kristen Lindsey had posted the image of her holding the dead animal, still with an arrow in her head. “My first bow kill… lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s (sic) head. Vet of the year award… gladly accepted.”
Vet of the year award….
The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners did not award her that accolade, or any other. Instead, they ruled that her actions were cruel to the animal, who was named Tiger. Lindsey has now been banned from practicing for a year.
Animal rights activists believe it is too lenient. They have little recourse, though. Her associates, however had more to say. Lindsey was fired from the Brenham animal clinic where she worked.
“We are absolutely appalled, shocked, upset, and disgusted by the conduct,” the clinic said in a statement. “We have parted ways with Ms. Lindsey. We do not allow such conduct and we condemn it in the strongest possible manner,.”
Brian Bishop, Lindsey’s lawyer, claims the vet’s actions were not unusual for the rural part of Texas where she lives. “This case would never have gone forward but for the fact that we live in a social media age,” Bishop said.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund was less charitable. ‘This slap on the wrist pales in comparison to the egregious felony cruelty that Ms. Lindsey committed against a defenseless cat.”
“Allowing Ms. Lindsey to continue to practice veterinary medicine in the future puts animals in the community at great risk, and taints the good name of the trusted veterinary profession.”