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CSU veterinary school graduate Kristen Lindsey suspended for killing cat with arrow

CSU veterinary school graduate Kristen Lindsey suspended for killing cat with arrow
Posted at 10:16 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 18:33:35-04

AUSTIN, Texas -- A veterinarian who went to school in Colorado has lost her license for one year after posting a graphic photo of a cat she claimed to have shot and killed with a hunting arrow.

Dr. Kristen Lindsey, a 2012 graduate of the Colorado State University's veterinarian school, was fired from her job in Washington County, Texas, last year after a photo was posted on her Facebook page.

It showed her holding a cat with an arrow through its head. The text read, "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."

While Lindsey said the cat was feral, others said the cat lived in the neighborhood and was named Tiger. They set up a Justice for Tiger Facebook page that reached 55,000+ people.

Lindsey obtained a license from the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

While a grand jury did not charge her with animal cruelty, Tuesday the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners suspended Lindsey's license for one year in addition to disciplining her with four years probation, 17 hours of continuing education and six hours of animal welfare training, according to KVUE-TV in Austin.

Lindsey earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University's school of Veterinary Medicine. Last year, the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital posted a statement on the controversy on their Facebook page last year.

"At Colorado State, we join the veterinary clinic that earlier employed the individual, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and countless others who strongly decry the grotesque actions and comments displayed in that post," officials write. "We trust that the Austin County Sheriff’s Office will continue its investigation of the case, and that it will be appropriately adjudicated through both the law-enforcement system and the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners."

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