The Austin County Sheriff’s Department in Texas says they are pushing for animal cruelty charges to be filed against Kristen Lindsey, the veterinarian who killed a domestic cat she believed was feral and boasted about it on social media.
On Tuesday, Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes announced that their investigation had ended and the results have been turned over to District Attorney Travis Koehn. Brandes made clear that he is recommending animal cruelty charges for Lindsey.
“At 7:59 this morning, the Austin County Sheriff has completed the investigation of the Animal Cruelty case first reported to us last Friday,” the Austin County Sheriff said in a statement on Facebook. “The completed case file has been turned over to the Austin County District Attorney for filing of charges under Texas Penal Code 42.092. With the completion of the investigation, the Sheriff's Office will not release any further comments or updates to this case. Any comments, questions or information requests must be made directly to the District Attorney's Office.”
The ordeal began when Lindsey posted a photo of herself holding up a dead cat with an arrow in its head along with the caption, “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.”
The photo quickly sparked outrage online, and once it was revealed that the cat belonged to an elderly couple and was not actually feral, the story started to blow up. Lindsey was fired from her job almost immediately, and soon after, her Facebook page was taken down.
Now, the recommendation of criminal charges against her should please people online who called for an indictment from the start.
“She needs to never work with animals again, should have her license to practice medicine revoked, and should be charged with a crime,” one commenter wrote.
“I am so glad that she was fired, but that is not enough,” said another. “She needs to see the inside of a prison cell.”
Lindsey has yet to speak publicly about the potential charges against her.