Board Rules on Texas Vet Who Killed Cat With Bow

She won't have license revoked permanently
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2016 2:03 AM CDT
Board Rules on Texas Vet Who Killed Cat With Bow
"Vet of the year award ... gladly accepted," Lindsey wrote on Facebook.   (YouTube)

The Texas veterinarian who outraged animal lovers nationwide by bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow is not going to lose her license permanently. CBS News reports that on Tuesday, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners decided that Kristen Lindsey's vet license should be suspended for a year, followed by four years of probation. Lindsey—who was fired after posting a picture of herself with the dead cat online, saying "The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head!"—will also be required to have six hours of animal welfare education, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Last year, a grand jury decided not to charge Lindsey with a crime. Tuesday's hearing was attended by animal advocates from across America, along with a family who say the cat was their pet, not a feral tomcat as Lindsey claimed, KHOU reports. Her lawyer told the hearing that she believed the cat was feral, and feral animals are routinely killed in the rural area west of Houston where she lives. One of her former co-workers testified that she had heard Lindsey's boss and landlord tell her to "take care of the cat." Lindsey, who has been a vet since 2012, has 30 days to appeal the board's decision. (Read more veterinarian stories.)

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