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Fort Worth vet accused of animal cruelty offers settlement with state vet board

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Dr. Millard "Lou" Tierce, the Fort Worth veterinarian accused of running a "house of horrors" for pets, kept alive after their owners were told the dogs were euthanized, has offered a settlement to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners reported

A June hearing had been rescheduled to August 25; that hearing has been cancelled in lieu of an offer of acceptance discussion scheduled for October 21. Details of the settlement will not be revealed until the board votes on whether to accept the terms of the settlement.

According to Nicole Oria, executive director of the veterinary board would not cannot confirm or deny that a settlement was reached. Tierce's attorney, Patty Tillman declined to comment. Tierce's license to practice veterinary medicine has been suspended since May.

In late April, authorities seized two dogs from the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic after a report of a family's dog allegedly euthanized was found to be alive. Jamie and Marian Harris' 170 pound, five-year-old Leonberger, named Sid had been diagnosed six months earlier, by Tierce with a painful spinal condition. Tierce recommended euthanasia. The family said their tearful and emotional goodbyes, and left. The vet told them that Sid would be buried at his farm. Six months later, a vet tech from Tierce's office called the family to report their dog was still alive and living in a feces and urine filled cage. The vet had been using Sid for blood transfusions.

The owners are suing Tierce for $1 million.

When authorities raided the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, conditions were reported to be egregious. Animals lived in filthy conditions with insects crawling around, animal organs were preserved in jars, and dogs were being kept in horrible conditions. Five dogs had been kept alive for years in that back room, who were alleged to have been euthanized; one dog belonging to Tierce suffered from serious medical conditions and neglect.

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