AUSTIN (KXAN) — Monday, Houston veterinarian Kristen Lindsey appeared in court to address the complaint against her, according to Lorris Jones with the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Lindsey is accused of killing a cat in 2015 and then bragging about it on Facebook. The social media post shows Lindsey holding up the cat by the arrow she shot it with. Along with the image of the dead cat, Lindsey posted “My first bow kill, LOL.”
The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners was in attendance at the court. Critics want the board to pull her veterinary license.
“If I get my license revoked here, there’s a good chance I won’t ever be licensed anywhere,” Lindsey said while taking the stand.
When a board attorney asked Lindsey if she believed a bow and arrow can be an appropriate method of killing a cat, she responded that it was an efficient way, but not appropriate.
“Animal cruelty is a serious crime, and we are talking about a veterinarian committing it,” said animal rights advocate Misty Christo. “The only route to justice in this case is revocation of the license.”
Lindsey was fired from the Brenham Clinic in April 2015. She claimed she shot the cat because she thought it had rabies and wanted to protect her animals.
A Grand Jury failed to indict Lindsey on animal cruelty charges. The district attorney claimed there was not sufficient proof to formally charge her.
“The veterinary profession is one that holds a position of trust, and to allow her to retain her license would reflect poorly on the profession in general,” said Christo. “The board has the right and the responsibility to protect its profession.”
During defense questioning, Lindsey told her attorney she would never shoot a feral cat again. When asked if she would post it on Facebook, “God, no,” she said.
“It’s pretty much put me out of work for a year. I’m essentially unemployable. I’m not licensed elsewhere, so until I get this resolved, I don’t you know. There is not much I can do,” said Lindsey.
The hearing is scheduled to continue on Wednesday.