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Animal Legal Defense Fund To Probe Austin County DA Handling of Cat Shooting

On June 26, the Animal Legal Defense Fund issued a press release explaining their intent to review the Austin County District Attorney Office’s handling of the criminal case against Kristen Lindsey.

Austin County District Attorney Travis J. Koehn has been asked to produce all records under the Texas Public Information Act (Tex. Gov. Code § 552.001 et seq.) after the Texas Grand Jury determined there was “insufficient proof” to charge Kristen Lindsey with animal cruelty.

Since there wasn’t enough evidence provided to charge Lindsey, the case is now considered closed. Now Scott Heiser, former prosecutor and current director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program has expressed the desire to examine the case stating:

“The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased to see the Austin County District Attorney taking animal cruelty seriously and we are grateful to the members of the Grand Jury for their work as well,” said Scott Heiser, a former prosecutor and current director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program.

“Unfortunately, it is possible that the investigation was incomplete and that the prosecution misconstrued Tex. Pen. Code § 42.092(b)(2). We simply want to have a detailed look at the file in an effort to ensure that justice is served.” 

Under the Texas Public Information Act, the prosecutor can refuse to share what is essentially a closed file when a suspect is not convicted. The Animal Legal Defense Fund hopes Austin County District Attorney Koehn won’t exercise his right to do so, and will allow the file to be examined.

The two issues the ALDF hopes to examine are whether the prosecution acted correctly into the legal analysis of the application of the Pen. Code listed above, and whether steps were made during the investigation to try to establish jurisdiction as to where the cat alleged to be Tiger was killed. There are apparently a few witnesses who stated Tiger wasn’t the cat killed, but that shouldn’t determine whether charges should have been filed, as any cat should have been protected under Texas law.

Tiger advocates everywhere are pleased to see the Animal Legal Defense Fund probe into the case, with many feeling the District Attorney’s office did too little to convince the Grand Jury to pursue the case, knowing full well the fault would fall on the Grand Jury, rather than with the District Attorney.

Good luck, ALDF, and may your investigation prove too little was done to bring justice to a little cat named Tiger. Since the case is officially closed, it’s alleged that Lindsey and her attorney are working hard to have as many Facebook pages and groups that gave her a bad name are removed, since she was never charged with a crime.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the pitiful manner in which this case has been handled.


Documents and screenshots from throughout this case can be found seen below:

In her blog from 2011, Kristen Lindsey stated she enjoyed killing and trying to kill things (animals):

Below is the photo that started it all on Facebook:

Below is her license to practice veterinary medicine in Texas:

Below is a screenshot of her mother’s saying that she and Jack watched:

For a short time on Saturday, April 18, Kristen at her Facebook page backup and addressed the death threats saying “I’m just ignoring all the death threats. Insulting me doesn’t make you any better:

Below is a screenshot where Kristen says she’s too awesome to be terminated:

Below is a reply from Facebook for a photo on Carnivores4Kristen page. Facebook doesn’t consider an arrow through a cat’s head as against their policy:

Below is a Lindsey press release issued by Austin County district attorney on April 29, 2015:

Letter from her lawyer:

Source: ALDF

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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  • Thank You so much ALDF for pushing to get all legal documents in the case of Kristen Lindsay.Number one the cease and desist order is a joke Kristen posted her heinous act on social media for all the world to see the horror and had the nerve to brag about killing poor Tiger.Her own mother took the photo and neither one seemed to care on how it would effect the world.Cease and desist all heinous acts Mr. Brian Bishop.As far as I am concerned you are the same as your client a abuser for money you defend this heinous act you are just as wrong.Karma is coming your way and the truth is known by the world and God.Im not your judge but God most certainly is you know you will answer for this murder Kristen as well as those who cover up for her like Mr.Bishop.

  • I hope that Tiger's owners do file a civil suit. This demented cat killer cannot go unpunished. What she did is a crime and if this incompetent DA can't do his job, then we should get somebody in that position that can. I don't care how much money the cat killer and her family has, and by the way, they are just as guilty as the cat killer for their behavior, money should not play a part in whether she is prosecuted or not. She did it, she admitted to it and bragged about it on social media, her ignorant parents said they watched the whole thing (and did nothing), how much more evidence does the DA need? Must have been paid off pretty well to make that comment of not enough evidence. She had better have her license revoked and never be allowed to work with animals again.

    • No problems. What happen is that the software fits the picture into the comment box and so it expands it. I'm glad you got the photo uploader to work! It is fragile ;) .

  • I doubt that the DA with be forthcoming with the information. I wonder if a civil action was initiated if that would give rights to discovery evidence from the investigation (I use that term ironically).
    Facebook and her phone companies absolutely have backups, police use them in investigations all the time. Did they go out to Facebook and look up the friends that she sent the picture to, I am sure someone out there was stupid enough to save the picture. She should have been required to produce the body. A rabid animal is supposed to be reported and tested to confirm rabies.
    They accepted hearsay evidence that she was shooting to protect her animals from a rabid cat, why then wasn't the hearsay evidence from Tiger's caregiver given the same merit. They could have easily confirmed that the cat was indeed Tiger by comparing the coat pattern,cats are like snowflakes, no two are identical, very similar but not identical.
    It is a sad time, abuse will never stop until people are held responsible.
    My heart breaks for Amy Tigers' caregiver, her owners and of course for Tiger.

    • It seems to me that very little effort has been made to collect evidence. There is the usual lack of will to do the right thing. If Tiger was owned by a neighbor what is she/he doing about this? They have been completely silent on this which indicates that the cat was a stray and has no owner. That should and does not (as far as I know) change the legal situation. I could be wrong.

      • Actually the cat lived on a farm down the street. It went missing the same day this picture appeared. The owners supplied a video of the cat and several photos. You can find them out on web. Amy, her caregiver has been vigilant in trying to get justice, organizing rallys, encouragement for people to write respectful letters,and for us to keep pursuing other options.
        Tigers owners are an older couple that did not want their names released. If they do decide to file civil charges we will have a fundraiser to help them.
        I attached a picture of Tiger, if you have the stomach to compare them side by side, they are identical. I will also link the video.
        Tiger lived down the street, went missing the same morning and has never been seen again. Pretty convincing evidence.

        https://youtu.be/bhPiqSYgPuE

      • I may have more evidence in my Google docs file than the DA had. Who can tell? They may have done very little just hoping things would die down.

  • It's my only hope that justice will prevail for Tiger (or the cat that was shot by the murderer Kristen Lindsey). This was totally inhumane and unacceptable especially for someone that's "supposed" to be a veterinarian. I would be more than glad to donate toward the investigation to bring justice here!!!

    • I hope just like you, but I have sneaking suspicion that this latest development, good though it is, will not change the outcome. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  • Kristen Lindsey, I hate to even print the name, doesn't deserve to even breathe the same air as Tiger did before she so savagely killed him. This was a living breathing being that was doing no harm to anyone, just being a cat. This barbaric sociopath decided to kill Tiger for no reason other than to post a picture of her ugly self (taken by her ignorant mother) on social media bragging that she got her first "kill" and she would gladly accept an award for it. Tiger was someone's beloved pet and deserved much better than he got from the killer. She admitted doing it, she posted with her "friends" about it, there were pictures of her holding the cat up by the arrow that killed him, how the hell much more evidence did this idiot of a DA need? Not enough evidence? Is he brain dead? If this case goes unresolved, and in my estimation, this DA did not resolve anything, then there should and will be an uproar from animal lovers everywhere.

    • I don't think they have been collecting evidence. Has anyone been interviewed? Have they interviewed Lindsey? The cat's owner? No will to do justice. Thanks for commenting.

  • This poor excuse for a vet needs to be brought to justice and have her DVM license revoked! She is a danger to all animals and has a serious mental depravity!

  • I am outraged that no charges were filed against this individual. It sends a deplorable message to the public and human compassion for fellow earthlings. All crratures on this planet want to survive and without compassion, this world will continue to be a wicked place. I rescue feral catsand as an educated animal advocate know that the best way to control feral colonirsbis to neuter/spay and release. Then cat colonies stay minimized as they are territorial crratures and will move on to the next safe haven. Additionally,Tiger was NOT feral but a loved members of a family who hahappened to cross paths with an immoral subhuman. Veterinarians are supposed to LOVE, RESPECT, & CARE for animals. NOT murder them in cold blood and then statistically laugh and display those actions as if they are heroic. This action should be punished and serve as an example of HOW ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED BY ANYONE. I AM 100 PERCENT in favor of huge fines and jail time for animal abusers. Society must be shown that this barbaric behavior WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. JUSTICE FOR TIGER NOW!

    • Hi Nikki. It shocked me too that no charges were brought. Cats are the underdogs in the legal system and this proves it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • She is a horrible excuse for a human being...... I hope what she did to poor Tiger haunts her in everything she tries to accomplish in life.
    What's worse.....she has NO remorse for her actions.
    #iamtiger

  • I just love the blatant lies by her lawyer. This monster, s I see her, bragged, and had her own mother take the photo, that Lindsey herself posted. Yet he "claims", she did not due. Hey pal, the words, photos, and cockiness speak for them selves.

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