| AUSTIN, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas May 9 A Texas veterinarian facing
animal cruelty charges for keeping a dog meant to be euthanized
alive as a source for blood transfusions said on Friday he was
too busy to put the pet down and made a mistake by not abiding
by its owners' wishes.
Millard "Lou" Tierce said at a hearing in Austin of the
Texas State Veterinary Board of Medical Examiners, that he is a
changed man and will now euthanize a pet when an owner requests
it. The board is deciding whether to revoke his license.
"I have no right to interfere with that," said Tierce, whose
license has been suspended.
Documents compiled by the board showed a practice in
disarray, with at least four pets that were supposed to be put
down kept alive at the clinic.
Authorities were alerted to problems at the Camp Bowie
Animal Clinic in April when a technician called the owners of a
5-year-old dog named Sid that was supposed to be euthanized in
October 2013, and told them it was being kept alive for
Sid, a Leonberger breed that can weigh up 170 pounds (77
kgs), was brought to the clinic in Fort Worth in May 2013 for
problems with its anal gland, board documents said.
After five months of drug treatment while staying at the
clinic, its owners decided in October to put Sid down when the
dog could no longer walk. They were told Sid had an incurable
congenital spine illness.
"The (owners) and their son all told Sid good-bye after
being told that nothing could be done for Sid's condition," the
Instead of putting Sid down, Tierce said he did not
euthanize the dog because he did not have a freezer large enough
to store the body and was too busy to find the time to bury the
dog at his ranch.
Tierce said Sid was used for a single blood transfusion, but
the dog's owners Jamie and Marian Harris told the Fort Worth
Star Telegram newspaper that Sid was being used for multiple
blood extractions and medical experiments.
The dog, found in a feces-strewn cage, has been returned to
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Toni Reinhold)