Get ready for your blood to boil.
A veterinarian in Texas has been suspended for a year after posting a disturbing post on Facebook, bragging about shooting a cat in the head with an arrow.
Kristen Lindsey, the vet who shot the cat, captioned the photo, "My first bow kill lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award… gladly accepted."
Um, yeah right.
When Lindsey's boss found out about the picture, he immediately fired her. The clinic released a statement, saying "We are absolutely appalled, shocked, upset, and disgusted by the conduct."
Kristen Lindsey, age 33, says she shot the cat because it was feral. But it actually turned out to be her neighbor's cat, Tiger.
We've blurred out the picture, because it's pretty upsetting. On her Facebook page, Kristen Lindsey did not blur the image.
The post received thousands of complaints, and it wasn't just the Facebook post receiving backlash. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) received 700 formal complaints, written complaints, and written comments from all 50 states. They received more than 27,000 emails complaining about Kristen Lindsey's post.
Lindsey went in front of a grand jury, who ultimately decided there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges. However, there was a professional investigation launched by the TBVME to determine whether Lindsey could keep her state animal-medicine license.
The board her testimony from Lindsey's lawyer, co-workers, and the family who owned the cat. It was determined that she failed to adhere to Texas law and the standards of veterinary practice within the state. Her license was suspended for a year, and she will have to complete 100 hours of community service. When she does return to practicing, she will be on probation for four years.
Lindsey was not present at the board hearing, but her lawyer released a statement on the matter:
"[Kristen Lindsey] did what she did to protect her property and her own cat from an animal that was trespassing on her property, damaging her property, and endangering her domestic cat and her horse. It should be very troubling to regular people that the State of Texas is spending precious tax dollars on the prosecution of someone who was simply protecting her property from a free-roaming feral animal, and that this Board doesn't have the integrity that the District Attorney in Austin County had to stand up to an irrational — but loud — lynch mob of zealots," he wrote.
You be the judge. Did Kristen Lindsey act recklessly? Or was she protecting her property? Let us know in the comments!