Dr. Millard Lou Tierce of the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth, Tex. has been arrested and his license temporarily revoked after admitting to keeping five dogs alive after owners expected them to be euthanized and confessing to the mistreatment of his own dog a very-ill and disabled Border Collie.
The investigation was launched when Jamie and Marian Harris received an unexpected call from a veterinarian technician at Camp Bowie, telling them their Leonberger the doctor had convinced them to put to sleep, was alive and being used for blood transfusions by Tierce.
Tierce surrendered to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department and was released soon after on $10,000 bond. According to the Associated Press, the 71-year-old veterinarian admits in a handwritten statement to state investigators that he secretly kept five dogs alive after their owners left them to be euthanized, including one that had been left in a cage for two to three years. In reference to his own dog, he states that he provided the dog with food and water, but no medical care, also admitting that the dog should have been euthanized.
According to a report by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the clinic was unsanitary and dangerous. “Animal organs were kept in jars throughout the clinic. Bugs were visible in exam rooms. Stacks of drugs, trash, laundry, paperwork and other miscellaneous items were strewn about the examinations rooms, hallways, stairwells, operating room, laboratories and offices of the clinic,” the report notes.
Dr. Michael Morris of the Fort Worth Animal Clinic who was brought in to treat the seized animals determined that three of them, including Tierce’s Border Collie, were in such poor health that they needed to be euthanized.
The Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth has only one complaint on file in the last three years. Many people came out online to support the vet when the allegations first surfaced.
The Fort Worth Police Department said anyone who would like to file a report in regards to this case should call the FWPD nonemergency number of 817-335-4222 and explain they would like to make a report regarding the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic. They should also mention related report number 14-37697.