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Vet accused of keeping sick dog for transfusions to pets has license suspended

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A family in Texas learned that a dog they thought had been euthanized for health reasons was indeed alive and being used by the veterinarian they trusted to harvest blood for other dogs.

Marian Harris, the owner of Sid the dog, thought the family dog had been euthanized 6 months earlier at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic owned by Dr. Lou Tierce. It was at the clinic, located in Fort Worth, Texas, that Sid was claimed to have an inoperable birth defect and the owners were told the dog should be put death.

No charges had been brought against the veterinarian, Lou Tierce when Harris learned the family dog was still alive. However, some animals were removed from the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic by officers with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

The following details were shared by gma.com earlier today:

The Harris family first brought Sid, a 4-year-old Leonberger that is a breed also known as a “gentle giant,” to Tierce in May 2013. Sid had been suffering from an anal gland problem and was kept at the vet’s office for an “experimental treatment” at Tierce’s recommendation, Harris said.

Family members visited Sid numerous times during the summer, they say, and discovered on a September visit that he had suddenly become unable to walk. Shortly after, the family said, they were told that Sid would need to be killed because of an inoperable congenital birth defect.

The fact that Sid was still alive came to light when a former employee, Mary Brewer, called Ms. Harris to tell her the dog was still alive.

Some were questioning how the vet, Dr. Lou Tierce, was not arrested when the situation came to be known and officers with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. However, according to wffa.com , Dr. Tierce was arrested later today, May 1, 2014. He posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

The following information was shared by wfaa.com:

Tierce also gave investigators a handwritten, signed statement that said he had accepted five animals for euthanasia at his clinic and did not euthanize the animals.

After the Fort Worth police arrived at the clinic Tuesday afternoon, they discovered three dogs were "in such decrepit shape that they had to be euthanized." The order said Tierce admitted two of those dogs and two other animals were left at his clinic to be put down.

"Additionally, one of the two other animals had been kept at his clinic in a cage for two to three years after he had accepted it for euthanasia," the order says.

It was also reported that the clinic as found to be unsanitary, with drugs and paperwork, laundry and trash tossed everywhere.

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