Five dogs were alleged to have been kept alive by Camp Bowie Animal Clinic owner and veterinarian Millard Lucien "Lou" Tierce even after the dogs' owners decided to euthanize their beloved pets because of incurable and painful conditions reported Thursday's Star Telegram. One of the dogs in horrible condition belonged to Dr. Tierce.
The dogs were alleged to having been used for blood transfusions and experimentation.
Another dog, who had been ordered to be euthanized, had been kept in a cage for two to three years. Three of the dogs were euthanized on Wednesday by another veterinarian due to their "decrepit shape."
On Wednesday, Tierce was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for "intentionally or knowingly torturing or causing serious body injury." He was booked into the Tarrant County Jail and released on $10,000 bail.
Read more of the story and how the investigation began after a couple were informed their dog was still alive six months later and hidden in a cage at the clinic, after the dog was ordered to be euthanized for a debilitating and painful condition.
In the continuing investigation by Detective J.D. Brady, more heartbreaking details were revealed. During an inspection of the back of the clinic, authorities discovered unsecured medications, insects, animal organs in jars, and Tierce's own black and white border collie lying and suffering on a pallet. The dog was found twitching in pain, one leg was missing, and his shoulders were dislocated. Although the dog was given food and water, Dr. Tierce admitted to not giving the dog any medical treatment and agreed the dog should have been humanely euthanized.
Upon an examination by another vet, the collie also suffered from severe mouth disease, cataracts, and a degenerative neurological disease.
Tierce has allegedly confessed it was his decision to keep the five dogs alive after euthanasia was advised and agreed upon by the dogs' owners.
It is a violation of the Veterinary Licensing Act to be remiss about euthanizing an animal. The law states a veterinarian,
“is to euthanize that animal on the same day it is left for euthanasia, without subjecting the animal to further suffering and to euthanize an animal when the animal is in pain and nothing can be done [to] alleviate that pain.”
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