Contact: JOHNNIE SIMPSON, [email protected], (240) 482-3895 or (240) 762-1257

HOUSTON, TX – Alley Cat Allies will hold a peaceful vigil in honor of the domestic cat killed by a Texas veterinarian in April. The vigil will be held at the Brenham Police Department in Brenham, Texas on June 26, 2015 at 4 p.m. immediately following an Alley Cat Allies workshop on humane cat care, anti-cruelty laws, and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

This week an Austin County grand jury decided not to charge Kristen Lindsey, the veterinarian who posted a picture of herself on Facebook holding a cat by an arrow through the cat’s head, and bragging about the kill. When the story broke last April, it shocked the nation and made worldwide headlines.

“This peaceful vigil will bring the community together to remember and honor the cat who was killed by a veterinarian, in direct violation of her veterinary professional oath to protect animals,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “We are appalled by the grand jury’s decision. We want to make it known that this community cares about cats, and wants to see them protected.”

Intentionally killing a cat is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In the wake of this incident of animal cruelty, Alley Cat Allies has been hosting workshops to provide education on effective, humane care for cats as well as anti-cruelty laws in Texas.

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Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990 and celebrating 25 years of protecting cats, today Alley Cat Allies has over half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org.