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Kristen Lindsey won’t face criminal charges!

This is the latest news on Kristen Lindsey, the Texas veterinarian who so infamously and allegedly shot a neighbor’s cat with a bow and arrow (link to full history).

“The Austin County District Attorney’s office appreciates the hard work done by the Sheriff’s Office and the diligent service of the members of the Grand Jury and their careful review of the evidence. No further criminal action will be taken in this matter.”

WBTX News reports that she won’t face charges. This is a big shock and disappointment to hundreds of thousands of concerned and interested people across America most of them cat lovers and caretakers.

The Austin Grand Jury, at which there was a protest outside to try and enforce justice,  returned a “No Bill”.

A press release from the Austin County DA’s office states:

“The investigation of Kristen Lindsey for charges of Animal Cruelty was presented to the Austin County Grand Jury on June 24, 2015. The Grand Jury returned a “No Bill” in this case. A finding of “No Bill” indicates the Grand Jury examined all the evidence and determined there was insufficient proof to charge Kristen Lindsey with a crime.

The Brenham Police Department initially referred the case to the Austin County Sheriff’s Office based upon one unsworn hearsay report that Lindsey may have acted to protect her pets from a potentially rabid stray cat in Austin County. After a thorough investigation, Sheriff’s Office investigators were unable to confirm where or when the incident took place. Without this information, officers lacked probable cause to obtain a search warrant for any Austin County properties in this matter.”

They failed for find ‘usable evidence’. I find that difficult to believe after she admitted killing the cat and advertised it all over social media.

Was the fact that the Facebook page was deleted soon after one reason why they failed to come up with evidence? What about all the screenshots of the photo and Lindsey’s accompanying words which are now all over the internet?

The State’s legal system can’t come up with proof that the killing actually happened! It is all fiction apparently. Why haven’t the police interviewed Lindsey in detail, under oath, because she would find it hard to explain her actions and online admissions in an interview. Such an interview would provide evidence. She could have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. It never happened.

The photo could not tell them whether the cat had been killed inhumanely. Therefore a humane killing of a neighbor’s cat is permissible even if there is no reason for it. How can that not be a crime?

In addition, the cat has not been positively identified as Tiger, the neighbor’s cat. Is that relevant? It appears to be.

The outcome is exactly what I predicted and it is unsurprising to me but still depressingly familiar. It is timely that the news has come out at the exact time we have 500,000 petition signatures for the revocation of her license to practice veterinary medicine, which will now not happen.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • This is the worst miscarriage of justice I have ever seen. This POS should have had her license removed and she should never be able to practice veterinary medicine again.

    SHAME on Texas Grand Jury. Shame on Texas.. this is outrageous and leaves the door open for further animal cruelty at the hands of so called "trusted" veterinarians.

    • It's now time for decent minded citizens to boycott any vet clinic or other business which chooses to employ Ms Lindsey. That kind of boycott will have more effect on her lifestyle, than a brief spell in prison or community service ever would. Employers need to be reminded she is bad for business.

  • Texas has proven to us you can be a sociopath, "C average student", snort coke, be a drunk and still be selected as President of the United States if your daddy has influence and money. Texas wants to secede from the Union? Good riddance, C-YA

  • People=Watch over and safeguard your cats and other animal friends.
    Take pictures of them and keep the batteries charged because you never know who your neighbors really are or what they may be capable of doing.
    Eva say's

  • Michael and all others ___
    From what has been posted, I would say that the jury was convinced she performed an act of heroism by destroying a stray cat which may or may not have been rabid???We all know the cat was owned and loved and didn't appear under the weather til she speared it with her mighty arrow after what looked like a gin trap injury to the poor cat's back leg. She is not only a lousy huntress but a coward too.

    The Jury was biased.Who covered up the evidence? No-one;they just did not care about Tiger.
    Besides to their way of thinking-what's all the fuss over one more dead cat & why is this animal suddenly so important. They did not want her to lose her profession over this cat case so they let her off the hook with a slap on the wrist and special treats to boot!

    This says a lot about our country and where our priorities lie." In The Gutter "

    Eva_

  • Not enough evidence? Wow! Such injustice! It has now left the door open for more cruelty to cats to persist. Shame on all of them.Just another phase in the war on cats.

  • I'm sickened and disgusted by this news. Oh well, if animals can't get justice in court, we'll just have to rely on good old "street" justice to take care of Ms Lindsey. I hope she suffers a similar fate to the one she dished out to that poor cat. What sweet irony if she were to become the victim of a hunting "accident".

    Michael I agree, it seems very odd that the cat's owners seem to have remained strangely silent the whole time. What do they have to say? Were they allowed to give testimony in defence of the "rabid cat" allegations? Did they confirm the victim was their cat Tiger?

  • Sorry about this injustice, but we've done all we could. So let's just hope she loses business as a result.

  • I'm not surprised. I'm not even disappointed. I knew this was coming. After all, Tiger was "just a cat." This whole sorry case reminds me of this quote:

    "The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals."
    ~Mahatma Gandhi.

    • Totally agree with you. Predictable. It is sad and disappointing. I don't know what a person has to do to get charged for cat cruelty.

        • personally, I feel this is bullshit. . the anipals deserve so much better than this so called vet. . .

          • On a happier note, now that "the vet of the year" is all over the media, it's very possible that she won't have any clients. :)

      • Michael, I am convinced that a person could do all kinds of ungodly things to a cat on camera, kill and eat it, post the vid to Facebook and You Tube, and nothing would be done. The perpetrator would cover their tracks, delete the pages, and the authorities would say the same thing: "We couldn't find any evidence."

        Like Dee said, this is Texas.

  • This is Texas, after all, the embarrassment of America when it comes to animal welfare. Let's not forget that the state is where Woody is rooted.
    We can only hope that so much protesting will cause her a serious loss in clients.

  • What a HUGE miscarriage of justice. This woman should lose her license and be put in jail. It is truly sad that the Austin County DA came up with the excuses that they did.

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