The silver lining behind the tragic, intentional killing of a local pet cat by a veterinarian Kristen Lindsey, is that international interest has not waned after a year! Animal advocates remain vigilant, informed and concerned.
Another site, the Encyclopedia Britannica Advocacy for Pets added an entry today with an excellent summary of events including a timeline. We will continue to provide updates on social media.
The latest update is that while the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners voted to revoke her veterinary license, however Lindsey is still fighting back. Now the case is before SOAH which allowed Lindsey to renew her vet license in February 2016. The hearing at SOAH is set for April (Please read the excerpt below).
After deliberation, the TBVME Enforcement Committee found Lindsey in violation, voted to revoke her veterinary license, and issued its findings in an order to Lindsey, describing the violations and proposed sanctions of the TBVME (license revocation). Lindsey rejected the order, and the case proceeded to the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
On October 2, the TBVME filed a formal complaint against Lindsey with the SOAH, seeking revocation of her veterinary license. As of March 19, 2016, 43 documents have been filed for the Lindsey case. Documents include witness lists, objections, amicus briefs, rulings by the court, and schedules. Attempts to mediate a settlement were unsuccessful. A hearing is scheduled to begin April 25, 2016, more than a year after the crime.
Kristen Lindsey renewed her Texas veterinary license in February 2016.
International public interest in this landmark case remains high. The TBVME has received more than 700 formal complaints against Lindsey, as well as written comments from all 50 states and 77 countries, and more than 27,000 e-mails regarding Lindsey’s actions. Many citizens and several animal advocacy groups continue to call for the criminal investigation against Lindsey to be reopened. More facts have come to light during the licensing investigation which further justify revisiting the criminal case. The statute of limitations on the criminal matter is three years.
Is Lindsey practicing veterinarian medicine? We do not believe she is at this time, at least not in Texas.