Texas Vet Who Bragged about Killing a Cat with a Bow and Arrow Will Not Be Charged

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BRENHAM, Texas – Austin County Grand Jury returns with a “no bill” against Brenham veterinarian who bragged about killing a cat with a bow and arrow. “No Bill” means insufficient evidence.

That means Kristen Lindsey will not be charged.

Press Release from Austin County DA’s Office:
The investigation of Kristen Lindsey for charges of Animal Cruelty was presented to the Austin County Grand Jury on June 24, 2015. The Grand Jury returned a “No Bill” in this case. A finding of “No Bill” indicates the Grand Jury examined all the evidence and determined there was insufficient proof to charge Kristen Lindsey with a crime.

The Brenham Police Department initially referred the case to the Austin County Sheriff’s Office based upon one unsworn hearsay report that Lindsey may have acted to protect her pets from a potentially rabid stray cat in Austin County. After a thorough investigation, Sheriff’s Office investigators were unable to confirm where or when the incident took place. Without this information, officers lacked probable cause to obtain a search warrant for any Austin County properties in this matter.

It is a defense to an Animal Cruelty charge if a person is protecting his or her own pets from an attack.

Although evidence is insufficient that an offense occurred here, both Austin and Washington counties are suffering from an outbreak of rabies cases, and at least one local resident is currently undergoing treatment after contact with a rabid animal. Residents are encouraged to vaccinate all pets.

Subpoenas to Facebook failed to produce useable evidence, as the account was deleted the same day law enforcement became aware of the matter. Without more information, the State lacks proof that this incident even occurred in the state of Texas. ln some jurisdictions of the United States, hunting stray cats is expressly permitted. In the state of Wyoming, for example, citizens are permitted to hunt stray cats all year with very little restriction. [W.S. 23-1-101(a XviiiXA); W.S. 23-3-103].
lf the State could prove an incident did occur in Texas, Texas Penal Code 42.092 essentially requires the State to prove that either 1) a defendant killed a stray cat in a cruel manner, or 2) a defendant killed a cat without the owner’s consent.

First, the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines state that physical methods of killing animals such as a gunshot or bolt to the head can be humane when done correctly. (A.V.M.A. Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, 2013 Ed., at 11-12). When performed properly, the animal may exhibit involuntary movements but is unaware and unable to experience pain. (A.V.M.A. Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, 2013 Ed., at 16). Evidence is insufficient, based on the online photograph alone, to determine whether the animal was killed in a cruel manner.

Second, investigators were never able to positively confirm the identity of the cat seen in the social media photograph. Although one witness believes the cat to be a pet named ‘Tiger,” three different area residents had fed similar looking cats at one time or another that had no collar and had strayed. Evidence was insufficient to positively identify an owner for the cat in the online photograph.

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has the sole decision-making authority as to whether Kristen Lindsey retains her veterinary license. The Austin County District Attorney is not involved in that decision.

Animal Cruelty is a disgusting and reprehensible act that the Austin County District Attorney’s Office strongly condemns. Contrary to some reports, this office has prosecuted and convicted Animal Cruelty
offenders in the past. However, the duty of this office, and the duty of the Grand Jury is to make decisions based on the law and evidence in each individual case.

The Austin County District Attorney’s office appreciates the hard work done by the Sheriff’s Office and the diligent service of the members of the Grand Jury and their careful review of the evidence. No further criminal action will be taken in this matter.

I have a hard time believing that under court order Facebook could not retrieve a deleted Facebook account. What do you think?

  • Sheri A Kutsmeda

    Well the one thing that can be done and not stopped is to make sure where ever she works the public boycotts that practice , no matter how many times ..Make her unemployable.

  • Sheri A Kutsmeda

    When the law, wants something on FB trust me they can get..We look that stupid I guess.

  • HarleyKaren

    I expect she will have unexpected consequences outside the law.

  • Stupid that thwy could not retrieve the account. Theres enough pictures circulating. Incompetence abounds in the JustUs syatem.

  • Kathy DeBois

    I too have a hard time believing that the court could not get the needed info from the persons acct be it open or closed. I would also like to know how she determined the cat was rabid and had to be killed. I think she is a very cruel sick person and that someday she will answer for her acts of cruelty as I am guessing this is not her first one.

  • Annie Jones

    Curiously Face Book states that all properties you post are theirs even if the account is deleted so it would seem reasonable to think that they have the information stored in their data base somewhere. To claim it is unretrievable because it was deleted seems like an excuse for not wanting to spend the man hours to pull the information. Every computer can have information retrieved if deleted in a basic manner and that is all Face Book allows is a basic deletion.

  • Lori Kory

    HE WAS ONLY A CAT

    “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a
    slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”

    ― Theodor
    W. Adorno (post-war German philosopher)

    Last April a little orange and white cat
    named Tiger was shot through the head with a bow and arrow by a veterinarian named
    Kristin Lindsey. His crime? He was playing in the bushes in her back
    yard. Ms. Lindsey posted a picture of the dying
    animal hanging off the arrow, still clinging to life, as her mother snapped
    proud mama pictures much like you and I do at our children’s birthday parties. When
    he died she proclaimed herself “Vet of the Year” for the killing. With this utterance she attached her actions
    directly to her profession and her duties to that profession. Many people, myself included, were outraged. Many were apathetic. Some were entertained. In the following months the District Attorney
    convened a grand jury and did not recommend going forward with the case. There was no second or third Grand Jury
    seated as recommended in many cases and the District Attorney, either did not
    care or, in my opinion, hid behind their decision. You see, he could have gone ahead and asked
    the police to investigate and decided to bring charges against Ms. Lindsey
    since a Grand Jury is sort of like a focus group. It is simply convened for the DA to see if
    there is a possibility of seating a jury that he could win a case with. Again, many people were outraged… but not
    everybody. Copycat crimes started
    popping up in the news. Fast forward a few months and outrage erupted
    when another doctor, this time a dentist,
    used another bow and arrow to kill Cecil the Lion so he could hang yet
    another animal head on his trophy wall.
    Donald Trump’s sons (with the wealth to do so much good) showed up on
    the internet proudly holding their elephant tails, dead leopards and yet another
    lion, and a respected businessman shot a dog in the face in front of his owner
    in yet another residential neighborhood – he was so proud of himself he walked
    up to the owner and said proudly “I shot your dog.” Many
    of us are outraged and calling for change in the animal cruelty laws along with
    stricter enforcement. Others question
    why we care so much about only a cat, or lion, or dog. Some question why we are calling for actions
    against these humans, ask why we would call for their licenses to be pulled,
    share their pictures on social media and negatively affect their lives. The
    reason is simple. As a society we
    should not tolerate behaviors such as these.
    We should not stand by and let another living being suffer and we should
    not be quiet when it does happen. “The
    greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
    animals are treated.” are words of wisdom
    spoken by Mahatma Gandhi. Friday in Austin Texas the TBVME Informal Conference for
    Kristen Lindsey convenes at 8:00 AM, Central Time. Many citizens from
    states all over our country filed complaints and will be attending. They are going for one little cat. One little cat named Tiger. They are also going because they do not want
    other animals to become playthings for the many soulless humans in our
    midst. They are going with the hopes of strengthening
    animal cruelty laws. They are not going
    to target legitimate hunters (trophy hunters are not termed legitimate) as some
    would have you believe. They (We) are
    going to stop torture for fun. To stop
    target practice on pets, to stop the arrow wielding Kristin Lindsey’s, the dog fighting
    Michael Vic’s, the next door neighbors with guns pointed at your pets, and the
    psychopaths that are practicing their craft before moving up the food chain. Groups like the one I work with, Tigers
    Justice Team, are asking for this veterinarian to have her license
    revoked. You can read in my Stand Up
    for Tiger post exactly why we believe such consequences should be carried
    out. The ALDF is still working to reopen
    a criminal case. TJT has long-term plans for a “Tiger’s Law” Animal
    Bill of Rights, to provide legislative protection nationwide. The FBI is looking at instating an animal
    cruelty unit. Why should you care? Why should you stay informed? Why should you
    give a crap about one little cat? Because
    to stand by and do nothing simply gives permission for such actions to continue.
    Yes, there are other very important issues going on in the world, other
    atrocities that should not be allowed and tolerated and we are not blind to
    these as many have suggested. Most of us
    are also involved in other causes and applaud people trying to stop other great
    wrongs. The more people that take a
    stance to help stop suffering the better, it really is all intertwined. Cruelty
    simply should not be tolerated. And this
    week we need to say that by demanding that the veterinarian who killed a cat so
    she could earn the title of “Vet of the Year” be appropriately
    disciplined. We need to make the
    statement that any award for upstanding actions in the veterinarian community
    go to someone who has gone above and beyond to make the world a better place
    for their charges. Consequences, both
    bad and good should reflect actions. Kristin Lindsey should not be able to keep her
    veterinarian license. Michael Vic does
    not deserve a clothing contract or to be rehired by the NFL (do not care how
    much my children like football they will not be wearing anything or watching
    any team remotely connected with him), and if that dentist or businessman lose
    their multi-million dollar incomes – Good.
    Maybe they will be too busy working the drive through at McDonalds (alongside much better people than they)
    to think about forcing dogs to fight until they die a horrible death or chopping
    off heads just for fun and tacky interior decorating. You ask why we fight for one little cat? I ask you why do you not? How can you teach your children that those kinds
    of actions are what the human race is about?
    How can you, by inaction, send the message to the evil that walks among
    us is nothing more than someone with different beliefs? It is not.
    It is cruel and should not, at any level be tolerated by us. The message
    we send by not tolerating these behaviors is that we want a safe world for our
    children. We want our morals to progress
    and our nation to be strong and safe. We want animal cruelty laws to be clear,
    strong, and enforced. Because,
    after all that, it really is not about just one little cat. And even if it was it would be the right
    thing to do.