On Friday, Dr. Millard "Lou" Tierce, a Fort Worth, Texas veterinarian pleaded for compassion to the Texas Board of Veterinarian Medical Examiners to keep his license to practice veterinary medicine reported dfw.cbslocal.
Dr. Tierce has been accused of keeping animals alive for years after the dogs' owners ordered their ailing animals to be humanely euthanized.
An investigation began earlier this month, after a former employee and vet technician at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, notified the owners of a five-year-old Leonberger named Sid, that their dog was still alive after allegedly being euthanized nearly nine months earlier. Dr. Tierce had been using the dog for blood transfusions while the dog lived in a filthy, urine and feces covered cage.
During the hearing, Tierce admitted he was a hoarder and also admitted to keeping the four dogs alive stating it was for moral reasons. Tierce, who has been practicing for nearly 50 years, said he did not know he was breaking the law.
In a compassionate plea, Dr. Tierce stated veterinary medicine was his life, and assured the panel that he could change:
"There also are places where I would file records that I needed to finish. And there we’re several different places I kept them. And it got to where it was, um, excessive...Because I can change. I’m asking for an opportunity to remain a veterinarian and continue to serve my community,” Dr. Tierce said. “If I’m not a veterinarian, I’m nothing.”
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.
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