A Fort Worth Vet Is Accused of Keeping Family's "Euthanized" Dog Alive To Harvest Its Blood [Updated]

Categories: Animal Welfare

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Update on April 30: The Star-Telegram spoke to veterinarian Lou Tierce, who called the allegations "all a bunch of hooey."

"The lady wanted me to euthanize their dog, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it," he told the paper.

He denies the allegations that he mistreated the animals.

Original post: Weatherford attorney Jim Eggleston is, at the moment, standing in Fort Worth, watching the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic. A cop is stationed out front, guarding the door. Additional officers are inside, as are investigators with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and representatives of the Humane Society of North Texas. They've been in there for two hours.

Eggleston is in Fort Worth on behalf of clients, Jamie and Marian Harris of Aledo, who filed a complaint last week with the state alleging that their dog, which they were told had been euthanized, was being kept alive as a source of blood transfusions.

The claim sounds nuts, Eggleston admits, like something from "Little Shop of Horrors," but he says their suspicions are well-grounded. The family had agreed in October to euthanize Sid, their 5-year-old, 175-pound Leonberger, after learning of a congenital spine defect from the vet, Lou Tierce.

Seven months later, they were alerted to Sid's continued existence by a vet tech who told them about the blood transfusions and other mistreatment of animals. The Harrises, according to the Star-Telegram, immediately stormed the clinic, fetched their dog and took them to another veterinarian.

"He could not find a blood vein on this dog," Eggleston says. "There was evidence this dog has been bled -- a lot."

The results aren't conclusive, but Eggleston says an MRI and an exam by the second vet suggest the dog does not, in fact, have a congenital spine defect.

So, Tierce allegedly lied to the family about euthanizing their dog. Whether the family can definitively prove that their dog was bled and mistreated depends on what investigators find in the clinic, Eggleston says.

So far, investigators haven't said much, announcing only that they'll be removing two or three dogs as "evidence." Attempts to reach Tierce, who's apparently inside the clinic with investigators, were unsuccessful.

Tierce was unavailable for comment when we called the clinic.

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pdreyfuss
pdreyfuss

PeterD

May 12 - 12:09 pm

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To the people whom I have suggested are part of a mob, here’s why: You’re letting the media stir you up based on emotions rather than thinking based on facts. Then you jump to conclusions and clamor for extreme punishment. Sorry, I don’t see that much difference in attitude from the kind with pitchforks and torches. Either way, it looks like hatred to me. Jesus said, and I agee, that hatred equals murder.

To quote one, for example “Given the facts at hand, Dr. Tierce seems to have taken advantage of the situation for his own benefit” There is no factual basis for saying “for his own benefit”, but there is an emotional one. In fact, he does what he does for the benefit of the animals and those clients who love their animals. This is a fact based on my own knowledge of the man and also what I heard last Friday May 9th at the hearing in Austin. Sometimes he fails to charge for his services, and Harris admitted in the hearing that he had not charged her at times. Usually someone who is motivated by greed tries a little harder to get money than Dr. Tierce.

Let’s think about what his intentions were, since I know the law considers them. Maybe if not for this mob and the media attention Marian Harris has been getting, Dr. Tierce would be fined and allowed to continue working 15-20 hours per day saving the lives of pets with difficult conditons that other vets don’t want to bother with. Maybe with some oversight or the like… But now what?

Let’s think about Harris’s intentions, too. I heard Dr. Tierce say in the hearing that she originally brought Sid to the clinic with an anal gland issue and then did not return to visit him for four months. This allegation was not challenged in the hearing. Maybe Sid was not quite as much beloved as we are being led to believe. What about the $1,000,000 lawsuit filed by Harris? Maybe it’s really been about the money all along.

Just think about it, people. Things aren’t always as they seem.

tc.1212
tc.1212

I would just like to say, I work in a vet clinic so I am aware of how these situations are supposed to go. There are a lot of stories going around, and we dont exactly know what is true. Either way it is true that he kept this dog alive, which is illegal on so many levels. For all of you that are saying hes a great man and 'pro-life', you dont know what goes on behind the clinic doors and there is nothing great about lying to a family and keeping a dog alive- that you wanted someone to euthanize- all you see is the friendly front they put on. He deserves to have his license revoked as again, it was ILLEGAL and was making a family and an animal suffer. So i hope he goes to jail, and does not get his license back

anniemajors
anniemajors

Most dogs and cats are better people than so called human beings.....they sure have more feelings !


anniemajors
anniemajors

This so called man does not deserve to be a vet , he is a low life, heartless, worthless, dead beat ! HANG him LIVE ON CNN by the balls till death and the owners of animals who were NOT PRESENT HOLDING THeir beloved pet while THEY WERE being euthanized do not deserve to EVER EVER HAVE ANOTHER animal. Dear God what is the matter with people being mean, torturing,abusing animals !!!  People like them and him are children of Satan ! IF hanging live on CNN of some of these animal abusers would happen then maybe ALL THIS CRUEL TREATMENT TO ANIMALS WOULD STOP !!! I HAVE never heard of so much mistreatment of animals in my life !!!

PeterD
PeterD

I have known Dr. Tierce for over twenty years.   During that time I have brought him five pets and one rescue that I re-homed because he was terrorizing my 19-year-old cat.  So I know something about the man, and I love animals.  So let me please answer some of the vicious absurd allegations I have been hearing.

Some people are pro-life; others are pro-death.  Dr. Tierce is pro-life.  If he kept a dog alive when the owner wanted to kill it, it's because he wanted to help the dog.  If he took blood from the dog it was to help other dogs and was a consequence of the dog being in his care, not the reason for it.  If he experimented on the dog... What does that word mean anyway?  How can any meaningful information be taken from that single word without knowing more detail, except for its use in stirring up a mob, and YOU ARE PART OF THAT MOB.  Stop it; you're killing him!

DOisDUMDUM
DOisDUMDUM

I love it when the psychotic sock puppets come out in droves on an article. 

joe_mm
joe_mm

Some people defended Hitler and Doctor Joseph Mengele as kind and decent.  These are the same types of people who are defending this "doctor".  There's always an element of society that will not believe that people are so evil.  Shame on all you apologists.  You know what they say about karma.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

people care more about animals then other people = screwed up society

NancyNichols
NancyNichols

I have known Dr. Lou Tierce for almost 20 years. He has cared for my dogs and kept me from getting them out early so they'd have time to heal. He works day and night and puts all of the animals he treats first. Try and make an appointment--you can't get in and if you do get one, you wait. And you wait because Tierce spends so much time with each client/patient. I believe him when he says " hooey" He has no reason to lie to a patient and keep a dog as a donor dog when the pound is full of dogs who would be happy to live in Tierce's kennel. 

Nancy Nichols

Peter
Peter

What’s this – guilty until proven innocent? How our society has changed!

I have an appointment this Saturday to bring my 19-year-old cat to see Dr. Tierce. She has been his patient since being a kitten and was not the first animal I brought to him. He has been an excellent vet all this time, and I think by now I know him pretty well. He loves animals and works tirelessly with great skill to help them. About four years ago I brought him a dog that I had found on the highway run over. Another vet recommended the dog be put down, but Dr. Tierce repaired his hip with a plate and the dog now lives with me, my wife and our two cats. We are very satisfied customers and would deeply regret if we are forced to find a another (read: lesser) vet.

rk2this
rk2this

That's horrible!! Not only did the vet lie about the dog's medical condition,but he kept a large,active breed confined and bled him mercilessly. Also horrible of the owners to have left the dog to die with strangers. I hope when his time comes for real,they will stay with him. I am sure they would not  want to be left at a hospital to die alone. This vet should lose his license.


wcvemail
wcvemail

I wonder if the family signed up for one of the pet burial services that make themselves available through vets' offices. I paid for such a service at my vet's office when my running buddy passed on, and could only trust that it was carried out. Given that few of us bury a pet in the backyard, and given the grieving, nobody would ask further. Such a receipt for that charge arranged through the vet's office would be a heckuva convincing legal proof of fraud.

ri.don.music
ri.don.music

We've been taking our pets to Dr. Tierce for 30 years.  30 YEARS!  He is a compassionate vet and I will not judge him until i hear the FACTS.

dlandlrd
dlandlrd

@PeterD Now let me ask you some more questions since you like to answer them.  How is telling a family their dog should be put down because it has a non curable spine issue when it did not helping a dog?  They did not want it killed.  They trusted the vet was telling them the truth.  How is keeping that dog from its family helping the dog?  Sure, he is pro-life, but to what?  Keeping his own dog alive in pain, with dislocated shoulders & legs, twitching about in pain, on the floor in a box for about a year at least.  Is that what you mean by pro-life?  You are right.  Using Sid's blood WAS a consequence of it being in his care, though that was illegal, and the reason Sid was there was he lied to be able to keep the dog for his own twisted means.

I am sure there are many who do want to kill him PeterD.  He may have been a top notch vet at one point, but we know for fact that he lost it somewhere at least 3 years ago when he took control over that 1st dog he admitted he has kept in a cage for his own purposes....could be much longer, who really knows.

And how can we really trust that the border collie was his?  Why would he allow his own dog to suffer?

happy10
happy10

@joe_mm Then thiers a part of society that hates the world as believes the whole world is evil. You don't even know the Dr. or the B that worked for him. YOu are just judging someone you don't even know. Talking about Karma you best look out yourself. What a loser

claudiadenholm
claudiadenholm

@paulpsycho78  People care about animals AND people. Caring for both is not mutually exclusive. And that makes it a good society - that we care for all creatures.

happy10
happy10

@NancyNichols Nancy I have used Dr. Tierce for over 30 years and you are correct. If you new Mary Brewer the Tech at all you know how worthless she was and has proved out to be. Try to be in Austin on the 9th to support Dr. Tierce. A man that has decicated his whole life to animals only to be cheap shout by a bunch of A__ _ _Holes on this Blog that does not even know him. Also he never hide the fact that dogs were used for blood donors how does anyone expect someone to get blood when needed for surgery buy it from walmart or wait till a dog came in off the street to donate. People that could not or would not pay to have their dog fixed choose to put it down. Why should a dog have to die because someone did not think it out before getting a dog. Dogs are not cheap to care for and maintain. For the rest of you idiots I suggest you pay more attention to what that idiot in the Whitehouse YOU elected is doing to this country instead of a man you don't even know.

HooeyInHell
HooeyInHell

@NancyNichols Of all the bullshit you spewed here in defense of someone who has clearly abused at lease one canine, I agree with one statement.  I sincerely hope that no one is ever able to get another appointment with this freak.  Now for the other points.

20 years?  Frightening to think of how many dogs/cats (who many consider members of the family) he has euthanized due to some diagnosis he created in his head in those 20 years.

He kept you from getting your dogs prior to them being healed?  That is the way a medical facility usually works.  They do not send patients home early so that is not some plus. 

He puts all of the animals he treats first?   What the hell does that mean.  It seems to me that he MIStreats some of them.  And that is suppose to be a Vet's job.  To treat the animal in front of him.  What else would they do?

He spends so much time with each patient.  Yes he spent 7 months with one that the family thought was already dead.   So in his case, that is not a good thing.


Lastly, we know that dogs are full of unconditional love and even Sid trusted the man who was abusing him.  It is the nature of the beast.  It is the job of the caretaker to be compassionate in their care. 


So it seems to me that you are just as full of hooey as your Vet.  And to think you get paid to make suggestions is a big frightening.  Maybe you are having a hard time accepting this story.  I would be horrified.  Yet  I would make sure I had all my ducks in a row prior to promoting an abusive Vet.  It is a business full of unknowns and you have just confused those who trust/trusted your opinion. 

flark
flark

@NancyNichols Some people are really good liars, Nancy. And a good doctor or vet does not keep people waiting who have made appointments. Also, the police would not have arrested him if there wasn't good proof of his crime. How do you know he wasn't keeping your dogs longer so he could drain them, too?  Most vets won't keep pets overnight unless they absolutely have to.

pitbull861
pitbull861

@NancyNichols No dog is happy living in a kennel or shelter, He had no right to do that Sid, or his family

happy10
happy10

@Peter You are so right Peter. Society has change everyone is entitled no one is accountable and usually they are the ones that like to cast the first stone. I say we use them as Blood Donors. The Dr. is a good man. Anyway what idiot believes in the press theses days. Oh yeah the ones on this Blog.

flark
flark

@Peter You are in luck, Dr. Quack got arrested.  Time to find a new vet, good luck finding a better one this time. By the way, did he fix that stray dog you found for free?

DOisDUMDUM
DOisDUMDUM

@Peter  Uhm. You dolt. "Guilty until proven innocent" means in relation to criminal charges and punishment. It doesn't mean able minded people are not allowed to decide that yes this guy is a fucking whackjob(along with all the sockpuppets defending him)

joe_mm
joe_mm

@Peter  you have mental issues.  You don't seem to understand the facts in this case.  The doctor lied and the poor dog was caged for 6 months.  Customers like you are digging in deep telling yourself that he's caring and compassionate because you can't accept the truth that you and the doctor are monsters.

ClaireFW
ClaireFW

@rk2this  Come on, dial it down, please. I don't think there's any evidence that ANY dog was "bled mercilessly." 

Mack7n
Mack7n

@rk2this  The VET could simply have given the dog an IV anesthetic, and knocked it out, leaving them to believe he was put down.....  there was no real elaboration on it, so I wouldn't jump to conclusions.

rk2this
rk2this

@wcvemail My vet and her husband have a crematorium right there at their office and the animals are in labeled body bags until cremation,so I know I am getting my pets back.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@wcvemail Prolly too expensive for a dog that size. You' be amazed at how many people will go way, way over their income bracket to buy an expensive and rare breed that they just HAVE to have and then skimp where it matters.

dlandlrd
dlandlrd

@ri.don.music Do you have enough facts now?  Ready to judge yet?  My oh my, the supporters have been quiet for a day.  Ri.don.music I genuinely hope you find some peace and a new vet when this is all said and done.  


skram08
skram08

@ri.don.music LOL bet you feel like a bit of a drongo now, after the vet himself admitted to keeping the dog alive because he "couldn't bear to euthanise" their dog (after he told them it had degenerative spinal disease, that is).

He's a proven liar now- he's admitted his deception... hope those pesky facts don't get you down too much ;)

joe_mm
joe_mm

@ri.don.music  You dont want the facts because you want to justify to yourself that he isn't a monster.  People like you would defend Joseph Mengele and other Nazi doctors because they always treated you kindly...forget about the Jews.

You are a sicko

sarahhunt
sarahhunt

@ri.don.music   my question to you is what will your 30 yr. relationship be like after  all your facts come in and have proven him guilty. I don't think the tech would vocalize such a wild accusation without thinking of repercussions. You could come up with hundreds of excuses to protect this man but It is obvious your opinion is bias due to your relationship with this man. I do agree that some cases do require all facts to come out before judging. This case is not that case with what little is known we can't deny this guy is guilty. I'm sorry your 30 yrs trust in this man will soon come to an end but sometimes the pressures of society and life makes us sinful humans do terrible things. As an animal advocate I can tell you that it breaks my heart to read this stories.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ri.don.music  
It's shocking, especially given the loving trust you've built up over three decades, conflated with the love of the various pets you've entrusted to his care. However, the fact that the vet promised to put down a pet that was kept alive is an obvious one in this case. To deny the dog's live state is to deny reality.

PeterD
PeterD

@dlandlrd @PeterDHe is a top-notch vet today and has been helping my 19-year-old cat whom I thought was at death's door a few months ago.  She is now a lot better and has been reclaiming areas of her life that she had abandoned.  Dr. Tierce has been available for phone calls after hours as needed, as usual and has given this case a lot of attention, as needed, as usual.  This man is a treasure.

Don't believe everything you read in the newsmedia, nor what people and their lawyers allege.  How do you know if they are lying or telling the truth, as well as what their motives might be? That is (just supposing) money, revenge to name a couple....

happy10
happy10

@dlandlrd @PeterD   you are an idiot like so many that jump to your of conclusions. You have no clue. You know a wiseman speaks when he has something to say. A fool only because he has to say something. I have know and used this Vet for 30 years. How do you know him from the press, really. You should find a different hobby you are a pretty lonely person I would say

happy10
happy10

@joe_mm @paulpsy There you again Joe, Karma is watching and you have lost all creditability by yet attacking another. Karma Karma Karma 

happy10
happy10

@flark @NancyNichols You idiots you don't even know him people come from all over the country and he spends a lot of time with each customer. You want to worry about a wait wait till you use your Obama care and see what waiting is all about then go piss on the so called president and leave a man you don't even know alone, For all u people casting stones I would suggest you go back to your miserable little lives and worry about your kids getting preg. or car jacking someoene because you are spending way too much time casting stones on this blog to be watching your kids. You do this and maybe my tax dollars wont have to put them down someday.

joe_mm
joe_mm

@ClaireFW @rk2this  Claire there is evidence.  But, "people" like you could care less about facts and animals.

ladygreyheart
ladygreyheart

@Mack7n @rk2this, the owners of this dog weren't there. They agreed to have the dog euthanized, brought their son in to say goodbye & left. They didn't stay for the procedure, they didn't want the dog's remains.

Maybe I am odd, but when it was time to say goodbye to our 18 year old cat, I stayed with her until the very end & her ashes are in a small cedar box.

This entire situation is beyond bizarre.

happy10
happy10

@DomGreg @wcvemail Maybe. Then again they did not wont to spend the money to save him but was so happy he was cured when they picked him up since that did not have to pay the bill. I wonder if this was your child and you either could not afford or would not send the money to save him or her and I offered but said the child would now have to live with me would you still want to put her or him down? I usually would not compare dogs to people but reading this blog I'm not sure too many of you would qualify at the level for either one.

Kimikaze526
Kimikaze526

@rk2this @wcvemail  i wish my vet would have done that. instead i got my 16 year old cat back in a white trash bag so i could bury her. i couldn't leave until other customers were out of the lobby so i wouldn't disturb them, but it was ok to disturb the owner. last time i went to that vet...

happy10
happy10

@joe_mm @ri.don.music You must be Jew Hitler missed Joe. Got news Hilter is dead the Vet never served in the SS. and there is no one here looking to make a lampshade out of you.


SICKO

flark
flark

@beachgirl732001 You and Claire are a couple of ignorant, pathetic idiots. Now he's not just a great vet, he's a genius! He sure had you fooled!

ClaireFW
ClaireFW

@sarahhunt @ri.don.music  the only fact we have is that the owners told the vet to put the dog down, but the vet continued to treat the dog and the dog is still alive. the rest is speculation.


how will that erase the respect that customers of 30 years have for dr. tierce? 

beachgirl732001
beachgirl732001

@DOisDUMDUM @ri.don.music  There has not even been an investigation.  The only thing we do have is a disgruntled former employee's attorney's word.  Not exactly what I'd call FACTS.   Do you just believe everything you hear or read?  SAD.

pdreyfuss
pdreyfuss

@dlandlrd @PeterD I'm not saying he did nothing wrong.  I'm saying what he did wrong is nowhere near justifying the level of character assassination I'm hearing in the blogs everywhere. Anyway as I said, I have known him for over 20 years.  So that erases for me all the sinister motives I'm hearing. He loves animals (premise: I know him).  Therefore whatever he did was for a noble reason.  We''ll find out the facts if we pay attention.  What we have heard so far are allegations and hype, not facts. This issue is so emotional, and so it becomes a mob mentality.  And his license should not be revoked, etc.  A slap the wrist, OK.  That's all.  But if so, then is this mob going to show up at the sheriff's jail to break him out and lynch him?

dlandlrd
dlandlrd

@PeterD @dlandlrd

 

So you two are saying that he really did not admit in a written statement that he refused to medically treat his own dog, the border collie, and knew from his professional opinion that he should have put it down.  The police arresting him after the board suspended his license, based on said written statement is all media hype?  Is that what you guys are saying?  That is not enough proof for either of you that he is doing something wrong?


I am not trying to argue here, I am trying to understand why he has so much support when there seems to be so much illegal and/or immoral things that he did.  Happy10 you can stop calling me names and attacking my character and begin to try to make sense of this for us who do not know this man. Less attacking and more explanation for us that do not know him may make some of us change our minds but the way you are going about it does not help that.


happy10
happy10

@ladygreyheart @Mack7n@rk2this  Me too. The truth is they did not won't to spend the money for spinal surgery or the cost of the hyperbaric chamber. So the dog should die because of this. I would never have a dog if I could not afford to take care of it. But if that were the case I would rather someone else take the dog that cold cure it rather than put it asleep that is just selfess. As far as blood donors that are required so blood can be used during surgery. It's not a Vampaire act. It is a medical act that is necessary. I rehab two dogs at that clinic and work with the Tech's in the back. I assure you the only thing that he could be accused of was bad housekeeping and if you new the amount of dogs in and out  everyday you would understand it like having 5 kids in your home everyday.

skram08
skram08

@casiepierce @Kimikaze526A grieving pet owner shouldn't have to ask to be allowed in or out of the back door, if anything the receptionist should do what they can to assist the owner who has just lost their pet. It's called good customer service.

Calling someone who rightfully expected better from their vet an "idiot" is petty and mean spirited.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@Kimikaze526 Then you're an idiot. Ever try asking for a back door? BTW, animal "body bags" ARE trash bags!

PeterD
PeterD

@flark @beachgirl732001He is indeed a genius -   twenty-plus years of outstanding vet care for 6 animals.  That's including up to the present with my 19-year-old cat.  I will be there in Austin on the 9th to support him.

happy10
happy10

@ClaireFW @sarahhunt@ri.don.music It will not erase it. I will still take my dogs there and have been for 30 The dog should die because the owner did not want to spend the money to save the dog. Do you think these people casting stones would ask him put down their own Kid if they refused to pay. Another person that does not know the Dr. Just getting there proof from the ever trusting evening news. Blind leading the Blind

manpanties
manpanties

@ClaireFW @sarahhunt @ri.don.music  because that fact alone proves he is a liar.  youre stupid.

DOisDUMDUM
DOisDUMDUM

@beachgirl732001 @DOisDUMDUM @ri.don.music  You're a psychotic sock puppet. 


As for believing everything that I read.. you might try reading a little bit and learning that there is far more evidence than "a disgruntled former employee's attorney's word"

happy10
happy10

@DOisDUMDUM @ri.don.music  One question Idiiot do you even know Dr. tierce or you just a Blog cowboy with nothing else to do but stir up rumor and build gallows. God if you could only be a Judge

DOisDUMDUM
DOisDUMDUM

@ri.don.music @DOisDUMDUM  You suspect the people are lying about it being their dog? Should the dog be given a DNA test? How will you be satisfied that you have all the FACTS? (And why do random crazy commentators always use random crazy CAPS?)

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