Local Fort Worth Vet Accused of Running Shop of Horrors

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  1. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    This story broke day before yesterday and it just gets uglier and uglier.
    (click the headline below for full story and news videos)
    Fort Worth Vet Accused of Keeping Dog Alive for Transfusions

    A Fort Worth veterinarian has lost his license after admitting in a handwritten statement that he secretly kept alive several dogs, including one of his own that was decrepit, that should have been euthanized.

    The veterinarian license for Dr. Millard Lou Tierce was temporarily suspended Wednesday by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners after Tierce admitted to wrongdoing. That same day Tierce was arrested on an animal cruelty charge stemming from the lack of care given to his personal pet, a border collie kept at the clinic.

    Tierce's arrest came a day after a family accused his practice, the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, of secretly keeping their dog Sid alive to provide blood transfusions to other dogs months after he was to have been euthanized.

    The family agreed to euthanize Sid, a 5-year-old, 170 pound Leonberger, after Tierce diagnosed the dog with a congenital spine disorder. Six months after agreeing to euthanize their pet, a vet tech at the clinic reached out to them to let them know their pet was still alive.

    According to the temporary suspension order, Tierce admitted to not euthanizing five pets accepted for euthanization, including Sid, who was used in the alleged transfusions. The order did not speculate as to whether the other dogs were used for medical procedures.

    Dr. Michael Morris, with the Fort Worth Animal Clinic, determined Wednesday that three animals kept at the clinic were in such poor shape that they needed to be euthanized. Tierce said that one of those animals, a border collie, was his personal pet and that the other two had been left at the clinic to be euthanized along with two other animals. One of the other two animals had been kept in a cage at the clinic for as long as three years after being accepted for euthanasia, Tierce said in his statement.
  2. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    ugh terrible but those who thought their pet would be euthanized, why didn't they go and make sure.

    I figure when my dog goes, I will be there in the room as he gets the final needle so I know he is gone.
  3. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    One factor is they trusted the vet, and another. If you're not the kind of person who's not willing, rightly or wrongly, able to be present when your pet is put down, it's pretty unlikely you're going to hang around and ask to actually see the body. Don't you think?
  4. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Click on this link, and read the story from the atty hired by the Harrises regarding their dog Sid.

    Here's a snippet:
  5. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    What a wanker.
  6. BringBackThatOleTimeBoys

    BringBackThatOleTimeBoys Benched

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    Often what is reported does not cover everything and does not give an accurate picture of things.

    I listen to Ed Wallace Saturday mornings on KLIF and got this off his website > http://www.insideautomotive.com/documents/WallaceTierce4a.pdf

    Ed will be the first to say he does not defend the indefensible, but thought it was important to point out he has done business with this vet for decades, saved at least one of his pets, many other customers had their pets saved.

    I still won't say I know all there is to know about this story, but the impression I get is the vet had compassion so great his judgement was affected. While it was not right, he definitely is not of the variety of the animal abusers that are either cruel or indifferent.
  7. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    I agree I'll be there when my dogs have to be put down, but not cuz I want to make sure the vet is doing their job.

    This guy should be tortured Guantanamo Bay style. JMO
  8. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    Agree with this. Our pets deserve to have someone there with them in the end. I understand some can't put themselves through the pain but can always call a friend/family to go in their place if need be. I have had to do this a number of times, for me, sister and my mom twice.

    I need to change my sig to "I hate humans" because of the negative stories day in and day out :(
  9. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    If he was using the pets for transfusions, is he going to make the argument that he kept them alive to help other pets?

    I don't know if that's tangible at all, but its possible that it was irresponsible, but not necessarily abusive just for the sake of abuse.
  10. erickb

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    Sorry this vet has nothing on a case my wife (CPS investigator) worked on! Lets just say brother and sister, kid, and some animals and that is all I will say. There are some very sick people out there
  11. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like.

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    That just makes me sick to my stomach.

    And yeah, I was there when we had to put one of our dogs to sleep last year. It was very sad, but I wanted the last thing he saw to be his family. We comforted him and laid on the ground with him. Once the shot goes in, it's very quick. It was just a couple of seconds after the injection that he was gone.
  12. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    That's a really bad story.

    People make the difficult decision to euthanize their pets to prevent undue suffering. To the learn that their pet not only continued to suffer for months, but had to suffer in an unfamiliar environment while undergoing consistent medical procedures would be devastating.
  13. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I was kind of thinking the same thing. Too tough I guess?

    I've never had to take a dog in to get put down. Not recently anyway. Maybe as a kid I seem to remember taking one in one time but I agree with you. I'm there until the end.
  14. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I get what you're saying but if that's the case he should have declined to perform the service.

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