Veterinarian Kristen Lindsey shot a cat through the head with a bow and arrow on April 15, 2015, and then bragged about it on Facebook. The following is a timeline of important events relating to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s work to secure justice for the slain cat.
For a more comprehensive overview of our pursuit of justice for the slain cat, check out our feature article.
Timeline of Events
- July 25, 2017 – Judge Karin Crump upholds the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’ suspension of Kristen Lindsey’s veterinary license. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased that the suspension was upheld though the punishment for Lindsey’s intentional killing of Tiger the cat is inadequate.
- On November 11, 2016 – The Animal Legal Defense Fund urged the Austin County District Attorney to reopen the animal cruelty case against Lindsey based on new evidence uncovered during the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner’s hearings. The letter outlines how “the evidence that Ms. Lindsey committed animal cruelty is substantial and undeniable.”
- October 18, 2016 – The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners evaluates a Proposed Decision by Administrative Judges of the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings to temporarily suspend Lindsey’s license. The Animal Legal Defense Fund attends the Board meeting and presents comments—urging full revocation of Lindsey’s license as a Class A violation of the Board’s rules—during the public comment portion of the meeting. The Veterinary Board makes its final decision to impose only a temporary suspension of Ms. Lindsey’s license as a Class B violation of its rules: a five-year suspension, during which Lindsey is only forbidden from practicing veterinary medicine for the first year, followed by a four-year suspension during which she can practice under supervision and must complete continuing education in animal welfare.
- July 18, 2016 – The judges assigned to the case deny Lindsey’s motion, stating that she had failed to show good cause to grant the motion.
- June 10, 2016 – Kristen Lindsey files motion for partial retrial alleging a witness was not impartial.
- April 28, 2016 – Kristen Lindsey faces the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) over the revocation of her veterinary license before two administrative law judges.
- November 12, 2015 – ALDF requests that the Austin County District Attorney’s office reopen the animal cruelty case against Kristen Lindsey given new developments in the case including (1) Lindsey’s admission that the killing took place on her property, and (2) the American Veterinary Medical Association’s statement finding the District Attorney’s application of the AVMA’s Euthanasia Guidelines to be “seriously flawed.”
- October 2, 2015 – The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners files a formal complaint with the State Office of Administrative hearings, seeking revocation of Lindsey’s veterinary license due to Lindsey’s violations of the Veterinary Licensing Act and the Board’s Rules of Professional Conduct.
- August 28, 2015 – ALDF testifies at an informal hearing before the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in support of ALDF’s complaint against Lindsey. The Board’s Enforcement Committee finds that a violation occurred.
- June 30, 2015 – ALDF files a complaint with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, arguing that Lindsey committed the crime of animal cruelty under Texas law and therefore violated the Board’s Rules of Professional Conduct.
- June 26, 2015 – ALDF calls on the Austin County District Attorney’s office to produce all documents related to Lindsey’s case so that ALDF, and others, could examine what ALDF believes was faulty legal reasoning in dismissing the animal cruelty case against Lindsey on June 24.
- June 24, 2015 – after the Austin County District Attorney’s office presented evidence to a grand jury, the grand jury decided there was “insufficient proof” to charge Lindsey with animal cruelty (resulting in a “no bill”). The DA’s office then closed the case, and said in a statement that they lacked proof that the cat was killed in a cruel manner, or that the incident occurred in Texas.