Kristen Lindsey – Veterinarian Turned Cat Murderer

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.

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Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.

  • Lori Soard

    I’m going to FB and posting a picture of my cat. I love animals. Always have. Always will.

  • Lori Soard

    Just an update. Colorado State University released a letter condemning Lindsey’s actions. http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/CSU-Not-Supporting-Brenham-Vet-at-Center-of-Cat-Controversy-300573791.html

  • Sod Buster

    ‘house cats’ are carnivorous predators that have been domesticated by humans. I find it ironic to hear humans say that they have ‘fixed’ their cat. That implies the cat was ‘broken’, before they subjugated it and mutilated its reproductive organs. The only justifiable reason for rendering cats sterile is the belief there are already too many cats. If returned to the wild, ‘house cats’ will quickly revert to their natural state as predators or they will die from starvation and/or they will fall prey to another predator. I have witnessed a ‘house cat’ stalking a sparrow and in the next instant an eagle swooped down and carried it away. I have seen a large owl pursuing my neighbors pet dog at dusk. The dog escaped because the owl broke off the pursuit when it saw we humans.

    If you believe the eagle killed the cat more humanely and less painfully than the archer who shot the cat through the head, then you are living in a fantasy of your own making. The eagle probably started eating the cat before it was dead and the eagle or the owl doesn’t care if their prey is someone’s
    pet.

    Just because the archer shot and killed a cat does not automatically result in a crime being committed. Texas law makes a provision for killing a cat, even someone’s pet cat, under certain conditions.

    TEX PE. CODE ANN. § 42.092 : Texas Statutes – Section 42.092: CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/txstatutes/PE/9/42/42.092

    (b) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
    (1) tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal;
    (2) without the owner’s effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodily injury to an animal;
    (6) without the owner’s effective consent, causes bodily injury to an animal.

    (d) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:
    (1) the actor had a reasonable fear of bodily injury to the actor or to another person by a dangerous wild animal as defined by Section 822.101, Health and Safety Code; or
    (2) the actor was engaged in bona fide experimentation for scientific research.

    (e) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (b) (2) or (6) that:
    (1) the animal was discovered on the person’s property in the act of or after injuring or killing the person’s livestock animals or damaging the person’s crops and that the person killed or injured the animal at the time of this discovery; or
    (2) the person killed or injured the animal within the scope of the person’s employment as a public servant or in furtherance of activities or operations associated with electricity transmission or distribution, electricity generation or operations associated with the generation of electricity, or natural gas delivery.

    (f) It is an exception to the application of this section that the conduct engaged in by the actor is a generally accepted and otherwise lawful:
    (1) form of conduct occurring solely for the purpose of or in support of:
    (A) fishing, hunting, or TRAPPING or
    (B) wildlife management, wildlife or DEPREDATION CONTROL or shooting preserve practices as regulated by state and federal law; or
    PARKS AND WILDLIFE CODE

    TITLE 5. WILDLIFE AND PLANT CONSERVATION

    SUBTITLE C. FUR-BEARING ANIMALS

    CHAPTER 71. LICENSES AND REGULATIONS

    Sec. 71.001. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle:

    (10) “Depredation” means the loss of or damage to agricultural crops, livestock, poultry, wildlife, or personal property.
    (5) “Livestock animal” means:
    (A) cattle, sheep, swine, goats, ratites, or poultry commonly raised for human consumption;
    (B) a horse, pony, mule, donkey, or hinny;
    (C) native or nonnative hoofstock raised under agriculture practices; or
    (D) native or nonnative fowl commonly raised under agricultural practices.

    —————————————————————————————-

    Please see section e, subsection 1. Please do a little work of your own and look up the Texas states legal definition of ‘depredation’.

    There are some folks who claim they can say for a mathematical certainty that the dead cat in the grainy low resolution photo is identical to the Gator riding cat in the video, known as Tiger. If you compare the photo of the female in the dead cat photo with the more recent photo of Kristen Lindsey, who is 31 years old today, then it is highly unlikely that dead cat is Tiger or that the dead cat was killed in Texas less than a month ago, unless Tiger and/or KL are both capable of traveling in space and time.

    KL was born 2-29-1984. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2006, but did not complete vet school at Colorado State University until 2012. She went to work as a vet in Texas that same year. Based on the apparent age difference between KL in the photo below I will make an educated guess that KL killed that cat some place other than Texas BEFORE she completed her undergraduate work in 2006.

  • Lori Soard

    Hi Sod Buster,

    Thanks for stopping by. I think time will tell on the details of this case, but personally I see no reason for someone to shoot a cat in the way she did. Whether she did it in 2006 or this year really doesn’t change my opinion of her actions. I find them reprehensible as well as the fact that she was so thrilled with her kill. This isn’t an animal she was going to use to feed her family, after all, or that was trying to murder them in their sleep. There is also a huge difference between a wild animal, such as an eagle, preying on a cat and a wild human preying on one.

    I will say that you certainly do a great job of copying and pasting Texas code. Maybe Ms. Lindsey should hire you to be her attorney.

  • Jen

    So, by your measure, if she murdered a human being it would be okay since she was still an undergraduate in the picture…huh?

  • Lori Soard

    Hi Jen,

    Thanks for stopping by and adding your input. This looks like it is shaping up to be an interesting debate.

  • Sod Buster

    House cats are wild animals that have been ‘domesticated’ by humans for the human’s self serving benefit.
    .
    The cat’s natural state is ‘wild’. ‘feral cat’ is an oxymoronic euphemism.
    .
    I have only had one cat in my life and she was ‘donated’ to our family. We lived in the forest and our nearest neighbor was a half mile away. The cat was a excellent mouser who lived outdoors and rarely ventured into our home. She would lay out the carcasses of her trophy kills on our front porch. She didn’t eat them. We humans had to dispose of them.
    .
    She was empregnated by a roving male cat and produced one litter of kittens. The sperm donor feline scratched my young daughter and I recycled him the next time he came around. My only regret is I did not kill him sooner. I derived no satisfaction from the act, but he made himself a danger to my kids. I eliminated the problem.
    .
    One day the mamma cat disappeared. I am sure she fell prey to a predator of the winged or four footed variety.
    .
    That is the circle of life in the wild. ‘nature’ is not cruel. It’s just nature.
    .
    I don’t condemn KL for killing the cat. I do question her judgement in regard to posting the picture of the dead cat on the Internet and boasting about it well after the fact. KL must have been drunk when she clicked on the ‘post’ key.

  • Sod Buster

    Jen, in the United States there no statute of limitations on ‘murder’. Murder is by definition ‘homicide’, the killing of a human being.
    .
    Though an animal can be a murder weapon, animals cannot be guilty of murdering a human and humans cannot be guilty of murdering an animal.
    .
    I know that probably offends your sensibilities, but that is just the way it is…

  • Lori Soard

    Well, if it is proven that she did indeed kill this cat, I do find her act reprehensible. I also find her bragging about it in extremely poor taste. She very well may have been drunk when she posted the picture and comments she posted. Or, she may just be that full of herself.

    There is no need for people to do things like this. There is animal control in every county, even rural ones, that can be called to handle situations that could be dangerous to humans. They will come out on calls about wild animals that might be rabid as well as domestic animals that someone fears could be dangerous. Had animal control been called and it turns out this yellow cat was someone’s pet, they would have at least had the opportunity to reclaim it and keep it indoors.

  • Jen

    Who said anything about an animal murdering a human? Nice job trying to deflect the conversation, though.

  • Sparky

    A TNR feral cat colony advocacy group urged their followers
    to mass up in these blogs about this news story.
    I find it particularly hypocritical for them to complain
    about this bow and arrow death because this
    death, though graphic, was actually more humane
    than the way most loose/outdoor/feral cats die.

    The TNR feral cat colony groupies actually
    enable MORE suffering of cats not less.

  • Lori Soard

    Hi Sparky,

    Thanks for stopping by and adding your thought provoking post. I am not a member of any feral cat advocacy groups. I found the photo and Ms. Lindsey’s post troubling and wrote on it.

    You do have a point about being humane to feral cats. However, just killing them without an assessment of the situation doesn’t seem very humane to me. She had no idea if that was truly a feral cat, if it was diseased, etc. I also think the problem most people have with this story is that someone who has taken an oath to help animals chose to kill one and show such glee in her photo and post. We can debate whether she thought it was a danger to her family or not. She makes a general statement in her post about feral cats that is pretty unfair.

    That said, we definitely have a serious issue in this country that needs to be addressed with feral cats. My preference is to trap, sterilize and release the cats. Most adult feral cats are very difficult to tame but not impossible, so that might be an option over time. If more people would be responsible and not just get a cute kitten and then dump it when it gets pregnant because they didn’t neuter or spay, then the problem would start to turn around. Maybe it could be worked on from that end with fines and such for people who do that.

  • BriMichelle

    LOL!! You went to every single one of these sites spewing your “cat hoarder!” argument!! hilarious! What kind of mental gymnastics do you have to do to justify killing a pet because of cat hoarding…too bad your skin isn’t as flexible as your logic (you probably wouldn’t have as many wrinkles).

  • Sparky

    I already explained that the cult of outdoor cat hoarders sent their cult members to start dozens of these stories and blog the heck out of them, but you’re ticked off that I countered their activity just a bit?

    The lowest estimate says there are 70 million stray cats in the USA. Other estimates range up to 140 million stray cats in the USA.

    The cult members cannot understand that with numbers like that, no matter how much you love or are obsessed with cats, they have become a serious pest problem and soon there will be no choice but to begin programs of
    massive and rapid extermination by shooting.

    Trap and euthanize cannot even remotely catch up to a population that large given the availability of food, and the extreme reproductive abilities of cats.

    Soon there will be no choice but to hire exterminators to shoot them in massive numbers with guns.

    Letting cats continue to overpopulate is extremely destructive to wildlife, harbors a variety of very nasty diseases for both cats and people and
    outdoor cats do not end well. Cats actually can and have transmitted Yersinia Pestis to people both the lung form by breathing and the septicemic form through CAT FLEAS. If the stray cat population gets any more dense this could be an extreme disaster. Black plague and rabies are no joke.

    Lots of people can’t accept that the same animal they love as a pet can also be a pest that needs to be exterminated like rats. Failure to “get over that” could eventually become a disaster for both cats and humans.

    Imagine the PR if it is found that stray cats are endemic with black plague?
    They are completely able to vector it you know.
    All it takes is population density.
    It’s wiping out 90% of prairie dogs right now. Then it moves on.

    People would be dumping their pet cats en masse and National Guard and every available person who can shoot a rifle would be shooting cats in great numbers.

    The death of this one cat getting so much attention is indeed ironic considering the size and scope of the stray cat overpopulation problem.

    Animal rescuers like the “Animal Rescue Network” in Montreal often start out meaning well but lack the mental ability to notice that they crossed the line themselves into animal cruelty or a variety of other glaring problems. Recently they were found to have 700 cats hoarded indoors, between a warehouse building and two residences. The leaders and top helpers had become like brainwashed zombies unable to realize just how stupid it had become. They didn’t even panic when they had animals that were badly in need of TLC or vet care, became paranoid about volunteers who would
    have “blown the whistle” and more.

    Alley Cat Allies and their cult of outdoor cat hoarders bear several distinct similarities to the Montreal ARN in the mindset and a giant “hole in the head” about the cruelty they actually enable by doing what they do. I’ve also seen TNR outdoor cat hoarder cultists argue that rabies is not so bad!

    There is a good reason that many state animal cruelty statutes have an “abandonment” clause and yet the R part of TNR is exactly that.

    The CDC declared cat colonies to be public health hazards.

    The time for assessing each individual cat is past.
    A relatively empty ER can spend a lot of time on details about a few patients. Think in terms of an ER swamped with thousands of injury cases all at once. Triage is absolutely necessary. The facts of triage are grim and seem cruel but are absolutely necessary. It’s time to deal with reality about stray cat overpopulation in the same way. There’s just not time for playing around with emotions, “feel good” activities and moving the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic. It’s too late for that. It’s triage time.

    Remember 70 million stray cats in the USA is the lowest estimate.

    It’s time to start shooting them in large numbers to prevent the
    loss of ALL cats, pet and stray, from overpopulation and epidemic.

  • BriMichelle

    I feel like stray cat populations are only a problem in white-trash towns…

    We don’t have a stray cat problem because we have essentially adopted something similar to “trap neuter release” way back in ’88…

    When you run over other animals with a car do you immediately feel gratification? Are you upset for the animal? Are you mad at the owner? Do you blame the dog?

    I’m just curious about the thinking patterns of a sociopath that doesn’t belong in society.

    LOL, You do realize that dogs cause nearly 4x the amount of hospital visits as cats? so even with this “stray cat problem that we just HAVE to solve with a bow and arrow because I’m a bad excuse for an archer” it seems cats really aren’t the problem.

    *Editor’s note: I have removed any vulgar or inappropriate words, as I do not allow those on my site. I encourage good discourse over the subject, but please refrain from using profanity. Comments with profanity may not even be approved. Thanks so much for understanding.

  • chinagirl7

    KL is simply a nut case.

  • Lori Soard

    Yes. She surely is. Quite sad, actually.