A “Justice for Cat Murdered by Kristen Lindsey” Facebook group has 44,000 members (and a profile image of Jesus snuggling an orange-and-white tabby), while one urging that “Police in Texas Prosecute Kristen Lindsey for Animal Cruelty” has 6,500.
The two groups are surprisingly sober—there are of course a few semi-coherent posts declaring Lindsey a monster and many posts from people sharing photos of their own pets with the hashtag #IAm Tiger (the name of the cat that went missing on her block), or from people organizing cat food and cat toy drives.
But there’s also a push to examine all of Lindsey’s social media accounts and look for clues that indicate that she’s a clear sociopath.
Instead, she merely mentions an interest in hunting, unrelated to her desire to pursue a career as a veterinarian: “Current interests: Living my days to the fullest, finding the meaning of happiness, killing things or trying to kill things (animals, a full glass of whiskey, hangovers, etc), my friends (both near and far), spending time with my dad, the outdoors in general, fly fishing on Shell Creek until it’s too dark to see, hunting with my dad and better yet…learning from my dad as we hunt.” In other words, the Internet-age condition through which we look to create absolute monsters out of people appears to be in effect with Lindsey too.
Certainly, what she did was reprehensible, and in addition to being fired, it seems fairly unlikely that she’ll find work as a veterinarian again—any veterinary office that googles her name will see the photo of her holding the arrow, and it’s very difficult to imagine that leading to an employment offer when there are presumably other candidates who decide to prosecute Lindsey on animal cruelty charges, we won’t shed any tears.
But it’s worth comparing the ire that she’s receiving to the reactions to the horrific vet story out of Fort Worth last year.
She’s the veterinarian from Brenham who’s given more bad press to the state than Blue Bell after she posted a picture on Facebook of herself, smiling and holding an arrow with a dead cat on the end of it: Her “vet of the year” award never came—and, in fact, her status as a veterinarian was rescinded, at least temporarily, when the animal clinic at which she worked fired her once the photo went viral.
There are questions over whether or not the “feral tomcat” in the photo is really a feral tomcat; a neighbor of Lindsey’s who cat-sits an orange-and-white cat on the same street the photo was taken told KTRK that that cat has been missing.
Regardless, the idea that someone whose job is to care for the health of cats, dogs, and other animals would think that “the only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head” is one that plenty of people are having a hard time justifying. Hunting advocates have not jumped out to support her, and the usual culture war nonsense that comes into play when people are outraged is not happening.
Liberal or conservative, or anywhere in between, everybody loves their pets.
There is no Go Fund Me page to help her get back on her feet after losing her job.
A Facebook page called “Support for Kristen Lindsey” has been removed, and the comments on it by the 143 members when it was active mostly continued to chastise her even as they urged people not to carry out the death threats she’s been receiving.
Another “Kristen Lindsey Fan Page” has fewer than 100 members and appears to be the project of 4chan-style trolls.
There are plenty of people who find the fact that she merely lost her job to be insufficient, though.