Cat Killing Vet Temporarily Loses License, Animal Advocates Very Disappointed

Kristen Lindsey, Courtesy Alley Cat Allies, and Tiger, Courtesy, Facebook

Tuesday’s decision by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to suspend self-proclaimed cat-killer Kristen Lindsey’s license to practice veterinary medicine for one year has left animal advocates and animal welfare groups such as Alley Cat Allies and the Animal Legal Defense Fund extremely disappointed, viewing it as a simply a “slap on the wrist.”


The TX decision comes months after Lindsey, a veterinarian in that state, purposely shot a cat named Tiger through the head in April 2015, using a bow and arrow, and killed it. Lindsey then posted a photo of her ‘kill’ on social media, boasting:

“My first bow kill. Lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s (sic) head! Vet of the year award … gladly accepted.”


Tiger, Courtesy - Facebook
Tiger, Courtesy – Facebook



Advocates were outraged and demanded that Lindsey’s license to practice be revoked.  Her employer, Washington Animal Clinic, fired her. Her defense was that she thought it was a stray cat, and that other residents in the town frequently act in the same manner.  The Texas board argued that Tiger was owned and killed without his owner’s consent.  Lindsey’s lawyer claimed that the case only came to court because “we live in a social media age,” dismissing the veterinarian’s obvious intent behind the killing.



The response to Tuesday’s sentence, from Misty Christo, Alley Cat Allies’ lead attorney on the case, was swift:

“Only a permanent revocation of Kristen Lindsey’s license is an acceptable ruling given the level of contempt for animals she has demonstrated.”

And from ALDF:

“Allowing Ms. Lindsey to continue to practice veterinary medicine in the future puts animals in the community at great risk, and taints the good name of the trusted veterinary profession.”


Kristen Lindsey and her attorney, Brian Bishop. Courtesy, Alley Cat Allies
Kristen Lindsey and her attorney, Brian Bishop. Courtesy, Alley Cat Allies

Click the photo above to watch the response from Alley Cat Allies!

Following the Texas board’s decision, Lindsey’s attorney, Brian Bishop, stated that he and his client were immediately appealing the ruling, being “disappointed” in the board’s “suspension of Dr. Lindsey’s license based on an action that had nothing to do with the practice of veterinary medicine.”

“she did what she did to protect her property… from a free-roaming animal that was trespassing.”

So, by the reasoning of Dr. Lindsey and her attorney, when the animal involved is not one of your patients, ‘do no harm’ does not apply…..

As it now stands, the one-year suspension will be followed by probation for another four years.  When the suspension is lifted, Lindsey will again be able to practice veterinary medicine.



Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she’s covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She’s always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the family!


  1. Marzena says:

    I have devoted the last 6 years to exposing this industry that claims to love animals. Please check out and read over 600 stories collected of the worst you could imagine to your run of the mill incompetence!

  2. Anne Place says:

    SHE did what she had to do to a roaming animal on her property??????? A domestic cat? Wtf kind of vet school did she go to?????

  3. Pam Kearney says:

    Writing from Australia I have this to say about this ”vet”. She’s easily dealt with like the half witted dentist who killed the lion. Ruin her practice by boycotting and keeping her face posted on facebook. Anyone who would harm a hair on the head of any cat simply because it was ‘there’, has no right to be allowed anywhere near our beloved pets or stray animals looking for genuine compassion from a vet. If this sick excuse for a woman tried working for any vet where I was in close proximity, would soon know it was time to head for Kelly Country. Disgusting outcome to a horrible situation. Ban the bitch for life..end of story.

  4. Lyn Short says:

    Wow. She is a mongrel. Maybe she shd retrain as something else. She is a sicko. Wouldn’t want her treating my pets. How dare she appeal her sentence. Jail wd have been better. Prisoners hate animal tormentors. If the cat was a feral it is only that way because of other idiot humans. No feral asks to be abandoned.

  5. Andrew Weprin says:

    This is like allowing a pediatrician to go back to work after molesting a child! All’s forgiven, because the doctor didn’t molest the kid during his regular office hours! It’s a sick joke that someone who violently murdered an animal and bragged about it on social media, would ever be allowed to work around animals again!

    1. Tammy Heuser says:

      She doesn’t belong getting her lisence back!! What the heck is wrong with you People?? How many more does she have to kill ?? If she was a pediatrician there would be no question should be the same animals are just as much of a human!! Revoke her license forever!!!???

  6. Pamela Ellis says:

    Even though I don’t live in Texas, I still wouldn’t take any animal of mine to Kristen Lindsey, she is nothing but an animal killer!!!! What was poor Tiger going to do on her property anyway, it’s not like he was going to stay, probably just passing through on the way home! She is in my eyes nothing less than a murderer!!!!! She never deserves to have her license back, she is not fit to treat any animal of this earth!! Animals are God’s gifts to us, she is a sorry POS!!!!!

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