Vet Keeps “Euthanized” Animals Alive for Blood Transfusions
A long-time Fort Worth veterinarian accused of animal cruelty has bonded out of jail, but will not be returning to work for a while.
Millard “Lou” Tierce turned himself in to police Wednesday night for a charge of cruelty to animals, non-livestock. His was released on a $10,000 bond.
Also Wednesday night, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners notified Tierce that his license was suspended.
The veterinarian is under investigation for claims that he kept dogs alive that were supposed to be euthanized.
Investigators raided the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic on Tuesday because a former employee accused the doctor of telling clients he was going to euthanize their pets, and instead kept the animals alive and used them for blood transfusions and other medical experiments.
According to the suspension order, the investigators noted ‘unsanitary conditions, animal organs kept in jars, bugs in exam rooms, open and unsecured medications.’ They also found five animals Dr. Tierce had accepted for euthanasia that were still alive. One had been kept for two to three years in a cage.