Kristin Lindsey, 31, a veterinarian from Texas, created a firestorm on Facebook yesterday when she posted a smiling photo of herself holding up a cat killed with a crossbow. Her caption reads,”my first bow kill lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award… greatly appreciated.” She later comments about her job, “Psshh. Like someone would get rid of me. I’m awesome.”
The offending Facebook page was removed but the image and story exploded into international news coverage.
The killed cat may not be feral but a missing orange tabby named Tiger which complicates matters legally. Feral cats don’t have the same rights as domestic cats in Texas. Dr Lindsey was immediately fired from her position at The Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas and has made no comment to the press. The local news channel KBTX has the latest timeline of the alleged crime. The public, whether cat lovers or not are expressing their outrage and death threats have been issued.
A Facebook page Justice For Tiger racked up 12,000 likes in one day. Tiger resembles the dead cat but no body has been found. We will closely follow as the investigation unfolds, and report updates. What’s baffling is why a young vet, who took an oath to protect and heal animals would create career suicide. Psychiatrists will likely weigh in, speculating on personality disorders like narcissistic sociopaths or psychopaths who known to kill for fame or notoriety.
This is a video of Tiger recorded by his cat sitter Amy Hemsell in Nov. 2014. Tiger was last seen two weeks ago and remains missing.
Another ginger and cream cat is in the news but on a happier note. Caturday Kudos to our friends at Cole and Marmalade who won the Modern Cat cover contest. It was a heated flurry of competitive voting but ginger boy Marm won and is rocking the hot off press cover.
While we were rooting for Marmalade to win the cover contest, I got to know his closest competitor, Joe The Cat and developed a friendly relationship with his guardian over the phone. Michelle not only is taking care of Joe but spearheading an anti-cruelty campaign in Canada while dealing with the court case. She could use some help. Over a year ago, Joe was shot 17 times by a pellet gun and left for dead by the side of the road. The perpetrators were arrested and a long drawn out trial ensued. The next court date and protest rally is April 23rd in Sarnia, Ont. Canada. It’s Joe’s anniversary today!
Justice can be a very slow process but slow and steady win the race. Joe left the hospital one year ago today to complete his recovery in a foster home. He lost an eye but has fully recovered.
I’m a contributing cat expert at Victoria Stilwell and recently posted an Adoption PSA. When I shared it didn’t get much buzz but when Victoria Stilwell shared it went viral on Facebook with over 8,500 shares so far. I’m thinking of creating a t-shirt for charity. Thoughts?
I’m happy to share Victoria Stilwell’s adorable puppy and kitten video PSA against puppy mills. Ruggles is a tiny shih-tzu who was rescued from a puppy mill bust last year. His kitty friend Chompers was found by herself under a porch when she was only two days old. The two became fast friends. Ah, if only all rescues had such happy endings.
It’s been another busy week. For those you concerned about Merlin and his vet visit, he’s alive and will be blogging about it on Monday. We’re skipping a post on Sunday and if you missed our exclusive CatFe L.A. cat cafe event at NKLA celeb kitty pix, click here to view
We posted an amazing story of a family from Paris reuniting with their lost cat at the shelter where I volunteer, plus ALL about microchipping your cat Have a safe and happy weekend! Love, Layla, Merlin, Domino, Odin and Nou Nou.