There’s a disturbing story of animal cruelty towards a cat out of Washington County, Texas. Veterinarian Dr. Kristen Lindsey shot an arrow into the back of an orange cat’s head. Then, she posted a photo on Facebook of her smiling while proudly dangling its limp body by the arrow’s shaft. Kristen Lindsey captioned the post by saying “My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award… Gladly accepted.”
People saw this post and outrage ensued. People called the Washington County Animal Clinic where she worked to complain about her Facebook post. The clinic’s website was flooded with so much traffic that it crashed. Kristen Lindsey then added a comment to her original post. It said “no, I did not lose my job, lol. Psshh, like someone would get rid of me. I’m awesome!”
Well, not soon after that cocky post, the clinic did fire Kristen Lindsey and covered her name on its sign with duct tape. The clinic is also publicly distancing itself from the disgraceful vet. Their mission is to help and care for animals, not murder them for sport.
Most likely the cat that Kristen Lindsey killed wasn’t feral at all. An elderly couple in the neighborhood had an orange tabby cat named Tiger. Their cat went missing the same day she posted the photo of the murdered cat on Facebook.
Local authorities are investigating the matter. It remains to be seen if Kristen Lindsey faces any criminal charges for her actions. In reality, Kristen Lindsey should have her veterinarian license revoked. Having a person like this for a vet would be like having Dr. Jack Kevorkian as a pediatrician.
There are a lot of misconceptions concerning cats. For some strange reason, cats appear to get a bad rap. This misinformation might actually cause the mistreatment of cats. It’s time to shed some light on cat facts and hopefully a better understanding will help end cat cruelty.
There are plenty of myths and urban legends concerning cats. Some people actually consider these falsehoods to be fact. It’s time to put an end to that rubbish and debunk some of these myths.
Cats have 9 lives. This is an easy myth to dispel. Cats DO NOT have 9 lives. A cat is pretty resilient. They’re also very smart. They might even appear to be lucky but cats only have one life to live. Don’t trust your cat’s safety to those mythical 9 lives.
Pregnant women can’t be around cats. Cats can potentially, not definitely, catch a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is harmless to people with a normal immune system but can cause health problems for fetuses. However, women are more likely to catch it from handling raw meat or doing gardening. You cannot catch toxoplasmosis by simply petting a cat. The only way to catch it from cats is by eating their poop or not washing your hands after handling their poop.
Cats steal the breath of babies. This is just another crazy urban legend. There’s no evidence that cats do this. Cats like to snuggle up against warm bodies so this is why they snuggle with infants. If your cat is bigger than your baby, then just keep it out of the nursery for peace of mind.
Cats are cold-hearted loners. Not true! Cats are not dogs. Cats are more independent but are just as loving and attentive. Many cats are very loving. Cats can even be friends with dogs.
Feral Cat Facts
Feral cats can be beneficial. Unfortunately, they are more often seen as a nuisance. Here are some cat facts about feral cats that will potentially change negative opinions.
Feral cats can minimize rodent and cockroach problems. Rodents, like rats and mice, are a threat to the health of humans. Rats and cockroaches both are carriers of life threatening diseases. Luckily, feral cats keep their populations in check.
Many people enjoy watching feral cats. Observing animals has been shown to lower blood pressure. This has been proven through many medical studies.
People who care for feral cats by feeding them are often elderly and live alone. These people are most at risk for depression, loneliness, and isolation. These feral cats help relieve these conditions by giving the people a sense of purpose and happiness.
Hopefully you see cats in a more positive light. People like Dr. Kristen Lindsey need to pay a penalty for their animal cruelty crimes.
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