FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A graduate of Colorado State University’s veterinary program has been fired from her job at a Texas animal clinic after a controversial Facebook post went viral.
Dr. Kirsten Lindsey graduated from CSU’s veterinary program and worked as a veterinarian in Texas for the past two years. That changed Friday morning after she bragged about killing a cat on Facebook with a picture.
The caption of the photo says “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.”
The clinic said it got about 500 calls about the post Friday morning. Most callers were outraged, but others offered their support for Lindsey.
“And hope that people are reasonable and understand that those actions don’t in anyway portray what we’re here for at the Washington Animal Clinic. We put our heart and soul in this place,” said Bruce Buenger, Washington Animal Clinic co-owner.
“She’s amazing, she’s caring, she’s loving, she’s a good vet,” a woman in Texas said.
“All these people in cities just don’t understand what goes on in the country, and they get in an uproar and they just ought to mind their own business,” a Texas man said.
Duct tape now covers Lindsey’s name on the sign outside the Texas clinic. The founder of a local animal rescue group in that town believes the cat was not feral, but actually someone’s pet. It was a 6-year-old orange tabby named Tiger.
Colorado State University sent a letter about the incident to students and alumni. It reads in part, “We join the vet clinic and countless others who strongly decry the grotesque actions and comments displayed in that post.”
According to state law, Texas property owners are allowed to protect their crops or other animals from strays.
The sheriff’s department is investigating and will determine if Lindsey will face any charges.