Tiger was shot and killed by Kristen Lindsey, a veterinarian, with a bow and arrow in April 2015, in Brenham, TX. She proudly posted her ‘kill’ on Facebook, which quickly went viral. Kristen removed the photo and then her FB profile once an enraged world became aware of what she had done and began demanding justice.
The case was basically cut and dry, yet, as of June 07, 2015, no action had been taken against Kristen Lindsey. Her parents, in our opinion, should’ve also been charged as accessories.
June 24, 2015, Update: The case finally went before the Grand Jury today!
June 24, 2015, Grand Jury update: NO JUSTICE FOR TIGER!
On August 28, 2015, The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners reviewed Tigers case and FOUND KRISTEN LINDSEY IN VIOLATION! Punishment to be announced in October 2015: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/t…
Punishment: 1 year license suspension and four years probation. Request for retrial denied. (Punishment is unjust. Tiger’s death was not instant.)
Lindsey continued with appeals to reinstate her license.
UPDATE – APRIL 27, 2018 – FROM TIGER’S JUSTICE TEAM
It’s been a long time coming, but the news is sweet. Friends of Tiger have patiently waited for the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals to render a decision—and it is exactly what we were hoping for: AFFIRMED! The Court has affirmed District Court judgments in both cases Kristen Lindsey filed against the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The rulings of the lower courts were upheld in their entirety, and Lindsey loses again.
Tiger’s supporters will recall that Lindsey sued the vet board in 2016 and again in 2017, alleging that the board exceeded its authority in pursuing disciplinary actions against her veterinary license after she cruelly killed Tiger. District Court Judge Karin Crump ruled against Lindsey in both cases, which the notorious “cat killer vet” then appealed.
The Courts have had enough. In an affirmation rendered on April 27, 2018, the 3rd COA Justices wrote:
“Having reviewed the record and the parties’ arguments, the Court holds that there was no reversible error in the trial court’s judgment. Therefore, the Court affirms the trial court’s judgment. The appellant [Lindsey] shall pay all costs relating to this appeal, both in this Court and in the court below.”
UPDATE: JUNE 7, 2019
Texas cat-killing veterinarian loses state Supreme Court appeal
On April 15, 2015, Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey, DVM, made the fateful decision to post a photo of herself on Facebook holding a cat that she had just shot with a bow and arrow. The image, accompanied by boastful comments about the kill, quickly went viral and incited the wrath of pet lovers and veterinary professionals around the world.
Shortly after the incident occurred, Dr. Lindsey was fired from her position at the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham and her actions were denounced by the AVMA, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and her alma mater, Colorado State University.
In 2016, citing ethics violations and animal cruelty, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners suspended Dr. Lindsey’s veterinary license for one year to be followed immediately by four years of probation.
According to court records, Dr. Lindsey’s appeal to the Texas Supreme Court to revoke her punishment was denied late last week. She remains permitted to practice veterinary medicine only on a probationary basis until February 2020.
Although Dr. Lindsey admitted to killing the animal, she said the feral cat had been on her property, which gave her the right to kill it. But neighbors said the cat was a pet named Tiger.
“This was a case of a veterinarian not only ignoring her responsibility to relieve suffering, but actually rejoicing in the suffering she was inflicting on Tiger,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies in a statement on the group’s website. “The Texas Supreme Court now becomes the highest authority in the state to confirm what we’ve known all along—that Kristen Lindsey is wholly deserving of punishment for her brutal killing of Tiger.”
Prior to appealing to the Texas Supreme Court, Dr. Lindsey made several failed attempts in lower courts to have her punishment revoked, claiming that it negated the right of property owners to protect their home and land against damage caused by animals.
According to a report on the Veterinary Information Network, Dr. Lindsey will not pursue further appeals in her case. It is unclear whether she is practicing veterinary medicine at this time.