There are some days when you log into the Twittersphere or jump on Facebook only to be sickened by what you see. Today was one of those days for me when I saw the photo going around (at the bottom of this post, but warning it is graphic) of Kristen Lindsey, a veterinarian, bragging about shooting and killing a feral cat with a bow and arrow. The image shows Lindsey holding up a tiger cat with an arrow in its head and her caption states that the only good feral cat is a dead one.
A Sick Society
Kristen’s actions may make you worry for our society and wonder if we’ve become so detached, so sick and twisted, that such cruelty is commonplace. While there does seem to more of this, I think the reaction from the online community proves that this kind of behavior is not acceptable to any of us.
Facebook and Twitter have been blowing up with calls for justice for the cat. A Facebook page was started called Justice for Cat Murdered by Kristen Lindsey. As of 3:37 p.m. EST time on 4/18/2015, the page already had well over 26,000 likes.
There have been some unconfirmed reports that the cat may not have been feral at all and may have been a cat named Tiger belonging to an elderly couple who were looking for him because he’d gone missing. Time will release the details about this poor creature. One can only hope he didn’t suffer.
Swift Response by Washington Animal Clinic
The veterinary clinic where Lindsey worked, Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, received more than 500 calls and the sheriff’s office in the area reports that their phones are blowing up. This shows that people do care and recognize what a cruel thing this was.
The animal clinic immediate fired Lindsey and released this statement:
“Dear Friends, Clients, and other interested folks. We just learned of the conduct that is discussed below. We are absolutely appalled, shocked, upset, and disgusted by the conduct. We have parted ways with Ms. Lindsey. We do not allow such conduct and we condemn it in the strongest possible manner. Please know that when informed of this we responded swiftly and appropriately and please do not impute this awful conduct to the Washington Animal Clinic or any of its personnel.”
The Texas Veterinarian Medical Association stated:
“This individual’s actions directly violate the veterinarian’s oath taken to use his or her ‘scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.”
When Good People Stand Up for What’s Right
When good people stand up against injustice, we’re all given a bit of hope that the world is still a good place. We show our children that we won’t stand for cruelty in this world. One thing we can all do to make a different right now is to light up our social media with pictures of our pets.
Feel free to share a picture of your pet here or a short story about why you love your cat (or dog). Please don’t use this space to bash Lindsey. While I do believe she needs to suffer consequences for her actions and I agree with her being fired, this young lady is clearly very troubled and needs our prayers and some professional help.
Warning – Image is GRAPHIC
Warning, the image below if very graphic. If you think it might upset you, please scroll past it or exit this page. It was very hard for me to look at. Sometimes it is better to not see the details. I’ll leave the decision up to you.