Camp Bowie Animal Clinic closed its doors on Saturday amid a firestorm of tragic discoveries concerning dogs the owner and veterinarian Dr. Lou Tierce allegedly used for experiments and blood transfusions according to nbcdfw.com.
On Friday, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners decided a formal disciplinary hearing will be scheduled to determine if Tierce should ever be allowed to practice again. For now, his license is suspended; the investigation continues for at least 60 days.
All of the animals were transferred to Western Hills Animal Hospital.
The tragic and bizarre story began to unravel when a former employee at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic notified Jamie and Marian Harris that their dog, Sid, a 170 pound Leonberger, had not been euthanized for a congenital spinal deformity which Dr. Tierce had allegedly diagnosed. The family had made the painful and emotional decision to euthanize their beloved dog because they were told Sid was suffering and could no longer walk. Six months later, the couple received a phone call telling them that Sid was alive and had been kept in a feces and urine filled cage with no exercise during all this time; Dr. Tierce had been using Sid for blood transfusions.
Upon examination by another vet, there has been no indication of a spinal deformity, however Sid's condition now requires surgery for bulging discs as a result of the inhumane cage conditions he had been forced to suffer.
The family has filed a $1million lawsuit against Tierce.
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