The Texas veterinarian who boasted about killing a cat on social media may face felony charges, as well as veterinary board charges, CatChannel.com reported April 21.
With the announcement made Tuesday by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office, the case is now out of the hands of law enforcement and into the hands of the Austin County District Attorney’s office, where it will be decided whether Kristen Lindsey will be charged with cruelty to animals.
Depending on the decision made by the DA, Lindsey can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony under Texas law for non-livestock animals.
Not only is Lindsey facing arrest, she also faces disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
On April 20, the 86,000-member organization reported that the Judicial Council, which is over discipline, is looking into the case. The five-member panel has the power to suspend a veterinarian’s AVMA membership or expel the person due to unethical conduct.
AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven responded to Lindsey’s actions in a media release saying
“We are disturbed that this situation undermines the public trust and credibility that veterinarians have earned and so richly deserve. We hope the alleged isolated actions of one veterinarian will not tarnish the proud reputation earned by thousands who have dedicated their careers to promote the welfare of animals everywhere.”
The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners posted on their Facebook wall April 21
“A copy of all the postings made here will be retained as well. We are responding to ALL emails that we receive and not using an automatic reply. We do not feel comfortable relying on an automatic response so we have ONE staff person reviewing and responding to each of the thousands of emails we receive. We do take all issues brought to our attention seriously but please bear with us as we proceed through the process that we are required to follow. Thank you.”
The TBVME is asking for all correspondence be made to their main email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AVMA is asking for all correspondence be made to JudicialCouncil@avma.org, which has been set up solely to take complaints about Lindsey.
Austin County District Attorney information listed below
email@example.com District Attorney
firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant District Attorney
email@example.com (Vincent) Assistant District Attorney
One East Main Street
Bellville, Texas 77418
979-865-5911 telephone or 979-865-8786 fax
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