A Texas veterinarian has lost her job after posting a Facebook photo on Wednesday night of what she described as her "first bow kill"—an apparently dead cat with an arrow through its head. KBTX reports Dr. Kristen Lindsey has since taken down her Facebook account, but the station captured her status update in full: "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." The image went viral, with outrage finding a home online. The Austin County Sheriff is investigating the matter in an effort to determine whether the photo is genuine and, if so, if animal cruelty charges should be brought against Lindsey. "Anybody can take a computer and alter a photograph," Sheriff Jack Brandes tells the AP. It's also unclear whether the cat was feral or a pet cat.
The Austin County Sheriff urged patience in a Facebook post, explaining it had a deputy and lieutenant "on the scene" around noon Friday. Once its report is finished it plans to turn over "all evidence and relevant items" to the district attorney's office, it adds. KBTX reports the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham fielded more than 500 phone calls on Friday morning and saw its website crash before blacking out Lindsey's name on its sign with duct tape around midday. It's quite the turnaround for Lindsey, who KBTX reports had this to say in the comments section below her photo: "no I did not lose my job. Lol. Psshh. Like someone would get rid of me. I'm awesome!" Lindsey got her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012, and the school released a statement of condemnation yesterday. Late last night came the update that sheriff's investigators will interview Lindsey, who will be joined by an attorney, early this week. (Read more veterinarian stories.)