A Texas veterinarian whose Facebook photo showed her holding a dead cat with an arrow in his head has yet to be charged with the crime, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Beneath the horrific image, Kristen Lindsey reportedly wrote, "My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted."
Putting aside the fact that a "feral" cat has just as much right to life as a cat kept as a pet, in this case the cat wasn't even a stray, but is believed to be Tiger, a beloved 6-year-old cat who belonged to an elderly couple.
Authorities say that the image, which has since been taken down, must be verified as real before Lindsey can be arrested and charged, the Morning News reported.
"We can't arrest and charge someone like that based on a picture on the internet. We have to make sure that is true and correct," he told the paper. "Anybody can take a computer and alter a photograph."
Tiger went missing on Wednesday, according to KBTX news, and Lindsey allegedly posted the picture to Facebook on Wednesday night. On Friday she was fired from her job at the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas, after it received more than 500 phone calls demanding her dismissal. In the comments section of her post, she wrote, "no I did not lose my job. Lol. Psshh. Like someone would get rid of me. I'm awesome!" KBTX reported.
The Austin County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook on Sunday that it had several deputies assigned to the case. The statement also explained that Lindsey invoked her right to an attorney and so the department has to wait until she comes in with her lawyer to answer questions.
"She didn't want to talk to us at this time," Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes told the Morning News. "She said she was going to come in with her attorney. Hopefully early next week, we get something cracking. Hopefully this girl comes in. She may. She may not."
Rescue organization Alley Cat Allies is offering a $7,500 reward for evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed the cat.
Stay tuned as animal lovers everywhere seek justice for Tiger.
Here's footage of sweet Tiger in happier times. May he rest in peace.