FORT WORTH, Texas (PIX11) – A Texas veterinarian accused of lying to a family about euthanizing their dog, only to keep the animal alive for blood transfusions, was charged with animal cruelty Wednesday night.
Veterinarian Dr. Millard “Lou” Tierce has, at least temporarily, lost his veterinary license after it was suspended Wednesday following his arrest, according to NBC Fort Worth.
However, news cameras recorded Tierce continuing to treat animals at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic Thursday. Some regulars of the clinic told reporters that Tierce is being unfairly targeted.
“I mean, the guy’s got a heart as big as Texas,” said Reginald Phillips, described as a friend and longtime client of Tierce. “It hurts me to see what they’re doing to him.”
Others who have had pets euthanized at the clinic are now asking for proof that their animals were actually put down. So far the clinic has not been able to provide any proof, the station reports.
The outrage comes after a Texas family says Tierce lied about putting down their beloved pet dog Sid, and keeping the animal locked in a cage as a living blood bank.
Jamie and Marian Harris said they took five-year-old Leonberger Sid to the clinic last year to be treated for a minor gland issue. When he began having trouble walking after the procedure; they claim Tierce advised the family to euthanize him.
Tierce allegedly assured them that Sid would be buried on a farm.
Six months later, however, Mary Brewer, a vet technician at the clinic, called the couple, telling them Sid was still very much alive.
The vet tech said Sid had been kept in a cage, “surrounded by his urine and feces,” and was being used for blood transfusions.
“It was like getting punched in the stomach and them some,” Marian told the station.
When they went to pick Sid up, not only could he walk, he jumped into the back of their car.
Other veterinarians that have been treating Sid for mange said the dog had been “abusively kenneled” and he didn’t need to be euthanized in the first place.
Authorities are now investigating the clinic, and several animals have been seized from the property.
“I’m happy that something can be done and that people are listening, and that they can’t get away with it no more,” Brewer said.
Tierce was released after posting a $10,000 bond.