The attorney for Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey has already announced his intention to appeal the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’ suspension of his client, People.com reported October 19. Attorney Brian Bishop didn’t waste any time following the decision on October 18 to suspend Lindsey’s veterinary license completely for one year, followed by four years fully probated with quarterly reporting. This PoC article will bring you up to date.
Attorney Brian Bishop told People the decision by the Board to suspend Lindsey’s license is unfair because Lindsey was never charged for the killing. Bishop stated
“Dr. Lindsey and I are disappointed that the Board ordered suspension of Dr. Lindsey’s license based on an action that had nothing to do with the practice of veterinary medicine. There is no evidence that Dr. Lindsey knew – or had any reason to know – that the cat she shot had an owner and [was] not feral. Dr. Lindsey did what she did to protect her property and her own cat from a free-roaming animal that was trespassing on her property, damaging her property, and endangering her domestic cat and her horse.”
According to Bishop, the appeal has already been filed. Facebook: Tiger’s Justice Team News responded to this newest development Wednesday afternoon
“This Motion follows the familiar pattern of Bishop’s previous filings on Lindsey’s behalf: 47 pages of bloated, frequently irrelevant arguments that have thus far failed to sway the vet board, SOAH judges, and Travis County District Court. They’ve heard it all before, and although it is possible, we do not expect SOAH to grant a rehearing on the basis of egregious disputations that are worn threadbare by repetition.
If SOAH declines Lindsey’s request for rehearing, she can file an appeal with Travis County District Court, an option her attorney has already indicated she plans to pursue. As always, TJT will provide updates as the case progresses.
Those who feel disappointed by the Board’s decision can take heart from the knowledge that Kristen Lindsey is NOT a happy camper at this outcome. Although Tiger’s supporters hoped for full license revocation, the sanctions imposed by the Board are a true slap-down for Lindsey, as is the dramatic increase in publicity surrounding the case. In the wake of yesterday’s Board meeting, Tiger’s story has drawn massive national media attention, assuring that Kristen Lindsey will find it more difficult than ever to evade the long-term consequences of her abhorrent behavior.”
His wording “had nothing to do with the practice of veterinary medicine” is an insult to medical professionals everywhere. Not just in the veterinary field, but medicine in general. Isn’t it common practice that should a doctor be put into circumstances outside of his/her medical practice environment, that doctor is expected to lend assistance in a medical emergency?
We read stories every day where veterinarians go beyond what is required to save the life of a dog or cat. To think a veterinarian would injure or kill ANY animal that would be treated by a licensed veterinarian is a slap in the face to those who cherish the ability to heal an animal and earn a living at it in the process. Agreed?
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