Cat Killed With Arrow May Finally Get REAL Justice
Tiger, the orange and white tabby who was shot and killed with a bow and arrow last April, may be getting another chance at justice.
Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey, who walked away scot-free after a grand jury failed to indict her, may finally face criminal charges.
Lindsey first uploaded a photo of herself with Tiger's body to her Facebook page last spring, captioning the photo, "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."
The photo caused outrage - the act was not only cruel, but Tiger was also far from a stray. He was actually a beloved pet who belonged to an elderly couple living nearby.
Advocates for Tiger faced disappointment in June when an Austin County grand jury decided not to indict Lindsey for the killing because of "lack of evidence." Lindsey had deleted her Facebook account before the sheriff's office could see it.
Tiger's supporters faced another blow in October. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TVMEB) voted to revoke Lindsey's license, but she rejected the board's order. According to Tiger's Justice Team, Lindsey and the TVMEB will have to argue the case before an administrative law judge.
It seemed Tiger would never get the justice he deserved: Lindsey had been fired from her job but she still had her veterinary license, and no charges had been filed against her.
That may be about to change, however. On November 12 the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a letter to Austin County district attorney Travis Koehn, urging him to reopen the case against Lindsey, the Examiner reports.
The decision not to charge Lindsey in June was based on "lack of evidence," including a dispute about where Tiger's killing had actually occurred. But in an affidavit filed for Lindsey's appeal of the October TVMEB decision, she admitted that Tiger's death had occurred on her property.
The ALDF believes this may be the crucial information needed to finally bring charges against Lindsey - and if the Austin County district attorney agrees, Tiger may finally get some of the justice he deserves.