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May 2, 2014

Vet admits to keeping family dog

By JUDY SHERIDAN

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has cited Millard Lucien Tierce III, D.V.M., for multiple rule violations, including the failure to euthanize five animals whose owners left them at the clinic for that reason, a breach of integrity that Tierce has admitted to in a written statement. 

The Fort Worth veterinarian arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he turned himself in to Fort Worth police Wednesday night, was released from Tarrant County Jail on a $10,000 Walk Around Bond.

The Camp Bowie Animal Clinic veterinarian is no longer practicing because the has temporarily suspended his license, saying his practice constitutes “a continuing or imminent threat peril to the public welfare.”

The veterinarian’s own dog was among a group of three animals a veterinarian brought in by Fort Worth police advised be put down, according to the board’s findings. One had been caged for two to three years after being accepted for euthanasia.

Board investigators found open and unsecured medications during a routine inspection April 29 in “a clinic covered in trash, drugs, laundry, papers and various articles.”

Conditions they described as “unsanitary” — something Tierce has also acknowledged — included jars of animal organs and bugs in the exam rooms.

The cruelty charge now levied at Tierce stems from a recent incident involving veterinary technician Mary Brewer, a former clinic employee who told Aledo couple Jamie and Marian Harris that their dog Sid, who the couple thought had been euthanized in October, was still alive but being used for experiments and as a blood donor.

After removing the dog from the clinic shortly afterward, the Harrises engaged Weatherford attorneys Eggleston, Flowers and King LLP, who filed a complaint with the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners April 22.

The board and police inspected the clinic Tuesday, a spokesman from the firm said, leading to the notification of many pet owners and the rescue of other dogs.

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