The Texas veterinarian who allegedly kept a family’s dog for blood transfusions after planning to euthanize him was arrested and charged Wednesday with animal cruelty.
According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, the vet, Dr. Millard “Lou” Tierce, turned himself in to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office the day after authorities raided his clinic, the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic. He was released on a $10,000 bond and his veterinary license was suspended.
Mary Brewer, a former clinic employee called the dog’s owner, Marian Harris, with the information that her dog was still alive and imprisoned in a cage. Doctors said the four-year-old dog, a Leonberger named Sid, has mange and signs of abuse.
Tierce told the family last fall that Sid needed to be euthanized for a painful spine condition. They learned later that Tierce kept the dog alive in a cage for six months and used it for blood transfusions.
Sid has since rejoined the family, and another vet said that he does not have a spine problem and did not need to be euthanized.
Police are investigating whether any other animals were abused at Tierce’s clinic.