Dr. Millard Lucien “Lou” Tierce’s license to practice veterinary medicine, was suspended for the next five years, at the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in Austin on Tuesday reported nbcdfw.com. Tierce, the owner of the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth, was charged with keeping dogs alive and using them for blood transfusions after he told the families their dogs had been humanely euthanized.
Marian Harris, the owner of Sid, a five-year-old Leonberger, one of many dogs seized in late April, is now beginning to walk again with the help of special braces designed to strengthen his hindquarters. Sid’s hindquarters were severely weakened from spending six months in a cage living in his own excrement in the rear the vet clinic.
The Veterinary Medical Examiners Board found Tierce had failed to provide professional standards of care, behaved dishonestly and had not maintained a clean and sanitary clinic.
Harris made a statement at the hearing and is very disappointed with the Board’s decision; she had hoped Tierce’s license would have been revoked instead of being suspended. In a statement to nbcdfw.com, the owner of Sid, fears other pets are still in danger.
“What does it take for the state of Texas to revoke a vet’s license? We were really hoping for a revocation, because a suspension allows him to own a practice. And that gives him proximity to animals, and that’s what we were trying to prevent. If he’s got proximity to animals, then he can harm other animals,” explained Harris who is also suing Tierce for $1 million for Sid’s medical bills and pain and suffering.
Another former client of Tierce, whose dog was also found alive after the vet told the family the dog had been euthanized, has also filed a lawsuit of $1 million.
Sid had been diagnosed six months ago by Tierce with a painful spinal condition. Tierce recommended euthanasia. The family said their tearful and emotional goodbyes, and left. The vet told them that Sid would be buried at his farm. Six months later, a vet tech from Tierce’s office called the family to report their dog was still alive and living in a feces and urine filled cage.
When authorities raided the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, conditions were reported to be egregious. Animals lived in filthy conditions with insects crawling around, animal organs were preserved in jars, and dogs were being kept in horrible conditions. Five dogs had been kept alive for years in that back room, who were alleged to have been euthanized; one dog, a black and white border collie, belonging to Tierce suffered from serious medical conditions and neglect. Tierce was later arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
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