You remember Kristen Lindsey don’t you? Perhaps you have forgotten. I would not blame you. The legal process is so long-winded, indecisive and convoluted as to put any interested party to sleep.
Dr Lindsey is the Texas veterinarian who shot and killed with a bow an arrow someone else’s pet cat when he trespassed into her yard.
Okay, there was uproar amongst animal and cat lovers in social media. Facebook groups were started and are still running. The legal process has been followed and the latest development (after the board – TBVME – recommended the revocation of her license) is that the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) has come to a decision and proposed (“proposal for decision”) that her veterinary license be suspended for five years. This means that the two judges have decided that her license should not be revoked.
It’s worse than that for cat lovers: the proposal is that Lindsey can return to practicing veterinary medicine after one year and add to that four years of work under probation (monitoring her performance and complaints). Under the proposal she’ll have to file quarterly reports to state officials. She’ll also have to complete further education in veterinary jurisprudence (she needs that for sure) and animal welfare together with at least 100 hours of community service volunteering time at a feline rescue clinic.
In a side issue a legal action was brought by Lindsey (unsuccessfully) in a district court in Travis County which decided that the rules of the TBVME allow it to prosecute a veterinarian for animal cruelty even if there is no criminal conviction.
The SOAH proposal goes back to the TBVME at its next meeting – possibly 18th October where they will make a decision based upon the proposal. That should be the final decision in this matter but don’t bet on it because….
Both parties (the TBVME and Lindsey) can make written representations to the SOAH which could persuade them to change their minds.
Once a finalised proposal has been arrived at it is considered by the TBVME for their final decision.
My bet is very strongly in favour of the TBVME agreeing to follow the SOAH proposal perhaps with some adjustments.
If I have this wrong, please tell me in a comment…. 😉
Source: Justice for Tiger on FB in reference to kvue.com and also chron.com.
P.S. the general mood amongst followers of this saga is that her license should be revoked.
P.P.S. the SOAH justified their decision by saying:
“an otherwise competent veterinarian who made a single, serious mistake of judgment.”