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May 11, 2014

Family sues vet for over $1 million

By CHRISTIN COYNE

An Aledo family has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million from a Fort Worth veterinarian who is accused of failing to euthanize their dog and secretly keeping the family pet and using it for blood transfusions. 

A petition, filed in Tarrant County Thursday afternoon by Jamie and Marian Harris, claims Millard Lucien “Lou” Tierce III, of Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, failed to tell the family when a clinic employee injured their 4-year-old Leonberger, who was receiving treatment at the clinic for a minor anal gland issue during the summer of 2013. 

Instead, the family says they’ve recently learned from witnesses, Tierce failed to examine or treat the dog, which was initially unable to walk and in pain, and, in September, blamed the issue on a “medicinal cocktail” that caused a drop in blood pressure. 

In October, however, Tierce reportedly told the family that he discovered a degenerative and incurable spinal birth defect, and the family agreed to have the dog euthanized rather than remain in excruciating pain and said their goodbyes, believing the dog would be buried at the Tierces’ farm. 

Six months later, on April 21, a former clinic employee, Mary Brewer, reportedly contacted the Harrises and told them that their dog was alive, was being confined to a cage for nearly 24 hours a day and was being used for blood extraction.

The Harrises then rescued their dog from the clinic while Tierce admitted he’d intentionally kept the animal alive, according to the lawsuit. 

Another veterinarian who examined Sid reportedly found that he had been abusively kenneled causing significant atrophy to his leg muscles, had stress-induced mange, had veins consistent with being used as a regular blood donor and did not have a congenital spine defect, though the dog did have herniated disks needing surgical repair and causing some paralysis. 

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