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Fort Worth Vet Accused of Keeping Dog Alive for Blood Transfusions

The Fort Worth veterinarian accused of keeping an animal alive to use for blood transfusions had other reported violations with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
The Fort Worth veterinarian accused of keeping an animal alive to use for blood transfusions had other reported violations with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Camp Bowie Animal Clinic veterinarian Dr. Millard "Lou" Tierce was arrested and charged with animal cruelty Wednesday night, a day after a family accused his clinic of keeping their dog for months to use for blood transfusions.

Tierce was released on a $10,000 bond following his 7 p.m. booking, after he turned himself in Wednesday to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office. He is charged with cruelty to animals, non-livestock.

His veterinary license was temporarily suspended Wednesday as well. Paperwork obtained by NBC 5 outlines what was found at the clinic by investigators on April 29, and why the license was suspended.

According to the order of temporary suspension, Tierce admitted to accepting five animals for euthanization but did not euthanize them, including Sid, who was used in the alleged transfusions.

Additionally, the order said there were unsanitary conditions at the clinic.

"Animal organs were kept in jars throughout the clinic. Bugs were visible in exam rooms. Stacks of drugs, trash, laundry, paperwork and other miscellaneous items were strewn about the examinations rooms, hallways, stairwells, operating room, laboratories, and offices of the Clinic,” according to the documents.

The documents stated the board has found the doctor could be threat and real danger to patients, and violated rules for minimum security of controlled substances, among other reasons.

Tierce told NBC 5 Thursday he could not comment on the investigation, complying with his attorney's request.

The Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth said there is only one complaint on his file within the last three years.

Read more: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Documents-Unsanitary-Conditions-Five-Animals-Not-Euthanized-at-Fort-Worth-Vet--Accused-of-Abuse-257530311.html
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