Texas board finds veterinarian in violation in cat bow killing


Final ruling to be determined in October.

Kristen Lindsey, DVM, the Brenham County, Texas, veterinarian accused of killing a cat with a bow and arrow and then bragging about it on social media, has been found in violation by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME), according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle.

A hearing was held on Aug. 28 at which Lindsey was found in violation; however, the details regarding what she violated and the punishment have yet to be announced. Representatives from Alley Cat Allies and the Animal Legal Defense Fund spoke at the hearing, urging a harsher punishment for Lindsey, according to the group's Facebook pages. Lindsey also made a statement in front of the board, claiming she was defending her personal animals against a cat she believed was rabid.

In June, an Austin County grand jury declined to indict Lindsey on charges of animal cruelty due to a lack of evidence proving when or where the cat had been killed. However, the board can investigate the incident and suspend or revoke Lindsey's license separately from the criminal investigation.

When contacted by dvm360, TBVME public information officer Loris Jones declined to comment on the case, citing confidentiality. The next board meeting will be held on October 13, and traditionally all actions are voted on at the board meeting immediately following the hearing.

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