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Vet Arrested After Keeping 'Suffering' Dogs Alive

03 May 2014

US - Texas veterinarian, Dr Millard Lucien 'Lou' Tierce, has turned himself in after admitting to keeping alive five dogs meant to be put down, among them his own pet, writes Gemma Hyland.

The shocking extent of the vets actions began to unravel after the owner of a Leonberger was contacted by a former employee at the animal clinic.

Marian Harris believed her dog, Sid, has been euthanised in October 2013 after she was told by Dr Tierce that the five-year-old dog was suffering from a congenital spinal disorder.

Marian Harris and her husband, Jamie, went to the animal clinic and discovered Sid imprisoned in a pen in a back room of Tierce's practice.

New York Daily News reports, the Harris' found Sid alive, kept in a cage with his own urine and feces.

Another vet evaluated Sid and said the dog never needed to be put down.

Investigation

Police discovered that five pets the veterinarian had accepted for euthanasia were still alive, one of them kept in a cage for two or three years.

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Animals were discovered during a raid by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
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 KHAMPHA BOUAPHANH/AP

Three dogs rescued from the veterinary office by police were described as being in 'such a decrepit shape' that they had to be euthanised to put an end to their suffering.

Dr Tierce, 71, has been licensed since 1966. Despite the charges, some customers are defending the vet.

The vet turned himself in at the Tarrant County Jail this week and was later released on $10,000 bail.

Dr Tierce is charged with cruelty to animals, non-livestock. His vet license has also been suspended.

Headline image copyright: CBS DFW

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor



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