An Open Letter to District Attorney Travis Koehn

An Open Letter to District Attorney Travis Koehn (Twitter: #TravisKoehn)
cc: Attorney General Ken Paxton (Twitter: @KenPaxtonTX, @TXAG)
cc: Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Twitter: @GregAbbott_TX)
cc: Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (Twitter: @DanPatrick)

Mr. Koehn,

The FBI will soon begin collecting data on animal abuse as it considers it a crime against society and a Type A offense. Within the FBI’s official definition of animal cruelty is the following:
“Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause . . .”

Four weeks ago Kristen Lindsey took a bow and arrow, killed a domestic cat, published a picture of what she had done and callously bragged about her heinous act on Facebook. What makes this all the more shocking is that Kristen Lindsey is a veterinarian who took an oath that says, in part, that she will use her

“…scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][and] the relief of animal suffering. . .”.

What Dr. Lindsey did not only falls under the FBI’s definition of animal cruelty and violates the oath she took as a veterinarian, it has angered and sickened most of the persons that saw her gruesome post online.

Since this story became public, it has gained national and international attention. Petitions have been circulated and hundreds of thousands of signatures of persons objecting to what she did have been collected.

Yet, during that same period, and despite the fact that the Austin County Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation weeks ago, we have heard nothing from you on what action, if any, you are going to take in this matter.

Mr. Koehn, we the undersigned, along with hundreds of thousands of individuals, are concerned about cases of animal cruelty, and urge you to bring a quick resolution to this matter.


Lauren Mieli, Founder, The Catnip Times

Rachelle Romberg Tuber, Katniss, Cat Reporter

Jill Jackard, Author, Believing Bones

Chris Poole, Cole & Marmalade

Karen McGill, Sunglass Cat & SirSorbet

Robin Lawson, Tony the Hero Fire Cat

LeAnn Moen, Precious Paws

Shawn Simmons, Kitty Bungalow

Rhonda Minor, CatsinJax Rescue

Concerned Citizens (see referenced petitions of more than 497,000 signatures: (292,000+ signatures) (113,000+ signatures) (64,000+ signatures) (28,000+ signatures)