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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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  • Glad that the ALDF is taking this case further & serious. Over the last day or two there have been post siding with mother, that she was not involved, wrong! Apparently big Texas money has had a big influence on this case. I pray that Kristen Lindsey & all guilty parties are punished! Justic fot Tiger!

  • I have co-habitated with many feral cats and they all become delightful loving companions if given a chance in a patient, loving home. This act of animal cruelty is a felony. Why was it just dismissed? Clearly she is proud of her barbaric acts and gloats about it on social media. The fact that she is supposed to be a Doctor of veterinarian medicine make this even a more grave injustice. She even wrote that her favorite hobbies are killing things. Her behavior is unacceptable narcissism. In my state a local women caught dumping unwanted stray cats at a local park was forced by the judge to spend Christmas weekend out in the freezing cold.

  • Have been following this very closely. I pray this mentally unbalanced sociopath, can't even speak her name, will finally be prosecuted. This cannot be ignored!

  • This is brilliant news because I, for one, had given up on Tiger getting justice and even if it was not Tiger for a cat getting justice. People need to see the law carried out fairly and properly. In such a high profile case it is essential. I am surprised that there may have been a misinterpretation of the law! This law is not complicated.

    • I really hope that the ALDF have the opportunity to review the case file. I think the public needs to have this crime investigated by an animal welfare organisation. I want to know why the Grand Jury has seemingly given the green light to animal abusers. Just exactly how depraved does an act of animal cruelty have to be before the authorities deem it illegal?

      If the D.A. refuses to hand over the file, that will simply arouse more suspicion that the truth is being withheld from us.

      Whatever the outcome, I'm really pleased that this story isn't just fading away.

      • And if the DA refuses to turn over the records for review, is there anything else ALDF (or anyone)can do ?

        • I am not sure of the US laws in this regard. I'd have thought that the content of the files should be made public in the interests of the public.

      • For me the underlying problem is that dogs and cats are underdogs in the legal system. There is a distinct lack of will to prosecute cases of animal cruelty which is compounded by the fact that the alleged perpetrator is a veterinarian, a part of the establishment. The establishment protect their own.

  • There are so many unanswered questions. How can the D.A. say they had no verifiable clue as to where the "alleged" killing took place, and therefor could not secure a search warrant for the body. Lindsey's own lawyer confirmed in his letter that it took place at her residence. Also, all of the damning information contained in Lindsey's facebook account reportedly was deleted the day she posted the ground zero photo. If it was egregious enough to immediately delete, it was serious enough to suspect it could and would become a legal matter. With or without a request from law enforcement to save such date, isn't facebook obliged to safeguard data believed to become a matter for criminal investigation for at least a few days? The idea that incriminating data is routinely obliterated so that it can't be investigated is counter-productive and possibly an obstruction of justice. Is it possible this scenario is a construct of the prosecution to help present such a weak case that the outcome would be a no-bill? Lastly, if the prosecution does not turn over the file on this case to be reviewed, despite his prerogative, would that not cast a darker shadow over this matter and in fact all of his animal cruelty cases for which he has an abysmal record of failing to prosecute? I cannot be more delighted and relieved that the ALDF is pursuing this. I have other questions but I'm sure ALDF is on top of this now and will give it a proper going-over. I've had the utmost belief, trust and respect for them for many years and I encourage all to join me. If any entity can shed light on this important miscarriage of justice, they can and will. They have my full support and will no doubt garner an increase from many more by such a visible debacle. The crafting of a more humane and orderly society is at stake, now more than ever. Thank you ALDF!

  • It's good to see that the Animal League Defense Fund is taking an interest in this case, but I bet the Austin County DA will exercise his right not to release the file. Judging from the comments it's clear to me that Lindsey's friends and family are nothing but a bunch of Neanderthals. The psycho didn't fall far from the tree. She enjoys killing and trying to kill things (animals). Woody has found the woman of his dreams.

  • They can try to erase her admitted, and her mother's admitted killing and inhumane murder of Tiger. I will never forget or let this matter drop until she is prosecuted and her license taken away. Kristen Erin Lindsey should never be allowed to own an animal let along "practice" medicine on any living, feeling being. She is a disgrace to humanity. I will never forget!

  • So glad to see that someone is taking this seriously, because the District Attorney sure did not! Kristen Lindsey broke faith with anyone who has ever trusted a veterinarian with their beloved animal. I do not understand how they feel there was not enough evidence! SHE posted the photo on HER facebook page! Her mother admitted that she took the photo and saw it all "go down". I would be able to forgive if I saw some, ANY remorse on the part of this young woman, but there has been absolutely NOTHING from either Kristen or her mother except arrogance. The consequences of not holding this person, who took a VOW to use her knowledge for the saving and good of animals, are far reaching. I am also hoping that the governing board of licensure will revoke her license to practice. With what she herself has done and also posted, there is no place for her in this business of caring for animals. GO ALDF!

      • What's wrong with this "author" getting support? Most people don't know me from my news articles. They know me from my shelter articles. I'm working on the boards tonight to get them up to date in case you care to look.

        These are from shelters not just in the Greenville area, but all over the U.S. If people do follow me, I'm glad my work is impacting the adoption and rescue rate. So I thank God people follow this "author"

        • Elisa, there's not a thing wrong with supporting authors, Elisa.
          I didn't mean any offense.
          I liked her comment and feel that she has a lot of insight and knowledge to share and hoped that she would peek at a few other articles and give her thoughts.
          I've asked some others, at times, too. Sometimes they do;sometimes they don't.
          If I offended, I'm sorry.

          • That's ok. I hope the ALDF will find something the DA missed. I have a bad feeling they didn't try very hard. I also heard on one of the comments on Facebook that Kristen is trying to say the photo is old and was taken when she still lived in Wyoming. I think that's where a lot of the problems are coming from. That no one has been able to prove yet that Tiger was killed in Austin County. It's nice to see people aren't dropping the matter.

          • Judy, for GPS data to be on the photo metadata there might have to be GPS in the camera but it is a neat thought.

  • I'm so grateful they're looking into this. How can a DA spend the better part of two months 'investigating' and NOT have a case. The blatant display of animal cruelty should have been evidence enough. That said, if the DA felt he did a thorough job in 'investigating' then he should have no issue with turning over to documentation. To refuse would speak volumes.

  • Lets hope u get to the bottom of this corription and shame on Facebook for letting her have that vile picture as her profile!

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