The Brenham, Texas, veterinarian who posted a Facebook photo in April of herself holding her “first bow kill” – a dead cat with an arrow through its head – will not be charged in conjunction with the death of the animal.
On Wednesday, the Austin County District Attorney’s office ruled there was not enough evidence to charge Dr. Kristen Lindsey, reports the Houston Chronicle. Lindsey’s boastful Facebook post was the only connection between the vet and the crime, and the Austin County Sheriff Office said it was unable to verify when the picture was taken – especially after Lindsey, 31, deleted the post.
“Without more information, the State lacks proof that this incident even occurred in the state of Texas,” the Austin County District Attorney said in a press release. The DA also noted that investigators were unable to tell if the cat was killed in an inhumane manner, as the American Veterinary Medical Association lists “a bolt to the head” as a humane form of euthanasia when done correctly.
Lindsey posted the shocking photo on April 11 with the text, “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.”
On the same day of Lindsey’s post, a couple who live close to the veterinarian reported that their orange cat, Tiger, was missing. Tiger has yet to be found, and his owners believe he is the dead cat pictured in Lindsey’s graphic photo.
“We are positive that it’s Tiger,” Melanie DeAeth, president of True Blue Animal Rescue, which is working with Tiger’s owners to start a fund for feral cat education, told PEOPLE in April.
“We matched up the markings with some very distinct markings that Tiger had, and they are exactly the same. In addition, Tiger always came home for dinner until the day the picture was posted. His bowl has remained untouched since this happened.”
The news that Lindsey will not be charged has caused outrage among the thousands of people demanding #JusticeforTiger on Facebook and Twitter, along with the numerous protesters who gathered outside the Austin County Courthouse in Bellville to demand Lindsey get jail time for her actions.
According to KBTX-TV, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Lindsey’s veterinary school and her former employer, Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, have all condemned the vet’s boastful Facebook photo.
Shortly after the gruesome picture was posted, Lindsey was fired from her position at the Washington Animal Clinic.
“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.
“Please know that when informed of this, we responded swiftly and appropriately, and please do not impute this awful conduct to the Washington Animal Clinic or any of its personnel.”