Have you ever wondered if cat hunting is a legal sport? Apparently, in Texas the answer may be “yes.”
Earlier this year, Kristen Lindsey posted the following post on Facebook.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Lindsey posted the photo on her Facebook wall in April. Investigators weren’t able to actually prove that the woman killed the cat. The only evidence was the photo. The Austin County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t able to verify exactly when or where the photo was taken.
“Without more information, the State lacks proof that this incident even occurred in the state of Texas.” Additionally, the DA noted in a press release that cat hunting is legal throughout the year in Wyoming.
A neighbor testified that the cat is a farm cat named “Tiger.” The cat’s former pet sitter Amy Hemsell said, “He loved everybody, he loved everything. He always greeted me, he was my protector out on the farm.”
Lindsey testified that she thought the cat was a rabbit and shot him. This doesn’t explain why she decided to tout the fact that she shot and killed the feline on social media.
After Lindsey’s post went live, animal activists were horrified and lashed out online. The veterinarian then deleted her profile, but not before the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham (her employer) found out. She was quickly fired.
“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.”
Regardless of whether or not the veterinarian actually killed the cat, there are a few things that need to be pointed out for the future veterinarians of America. First and foremost, don’t even think about indicating to your clients that you’d consider harming the animals you’re supposed to be caring for.
And secondly, DON’T be ridiculous enough to post photos insinuating animal cruelty in general.