Vet who boasted about using a bow and arrow to kill a cat which wandered into her garden has had her license suspended
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- Kristen Lindsey shot the cat through the head with a bow and arrow
- Animal rights activists have hit out at the punishment, saying it was too lenient
- She was fired from her job after posting a picture of herself with the dead cat on Facebook
- Since the pictures emerged, she has received death and rape threats, a panel heard
A vet who used a bow and arrow to kill a neighbor's cat which had wandered onto her home and then boasted about it online has been suspended.
Beneath a shocking image of her holding the dead animal, still with an arrow in her head, Kristen Lindsey wrote: '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.'
She was judged by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to have been cruel to the animal, named Tiger, and was banned from practicing for a year.
Kristen Lindsey killed her neighbor's cat, Tiger, with a bow and arrow - but claimed she thought the cat was feral
Sick: Lindsey posted a picture of herself with the dead cat, which had been shot through the head with an arrow
But the punishment has been slammed by animal rights activists, who believe it is too lenient.
After the picture emerged, Lindsey was fired from the Brenham animal clinic where she worked.
The panel heard she had also received death and rape threats, and that her mother had also received threatening messages.
Her lawyer, Brian Bishop, told the board she believed the cat was feral and that it isn't unusual for people near her rural home west of Houston to dispose of feral animals.
Killed: Pet cat Tiger was killed with a bow and arrow by Texas vet Kristen Lindsey, who was suspended for a year
She shouldn't have posted an image to Facebook in April 2015, Bishop said, but denied his client had acted with 'criminal recklessness'.
'This case would never have gone forward but for the fact that we live in a social media age,' Bishop said.
The suspension will then be followed by a further four years' probation and other requirements.
Animal rights campaigners have hit out at the punishment given to Kristen Lindsey by a panel in Texas
Bishop said a suspension would create a hardship for her as she will be unable to work while facing $150,000 in student debts, he said.
Animal rights group the Animal Legal Defense Fund said it was disappointed by the punishment.
A statement from the group said: 'This slap on the wrist pales in comparison to the egregious felony cruelty that Ms. Lindsey committed against a defenseless cat.
'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.'
After the picture was posted on Facebook, the clinic where she worked released a statement, stating: 'The clinic released a statement on Facebook saying: 'We are absolutely appalled, shocked, upset, and disgusted by the conduct.
'We have parted ways with Ms. Lindsey. We do not allow such conduct and we condemn it in the strongest possible manner,' the clinic said in the statement.'
A Facebook page calling for justice for Tiger has been liked by more than 55,000 people.
She had deleted her Facebook page before police became aware of it, and a grand jury ruled there was not enough evidence to charge her with animal cruelty.
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