Ft. Worth Vet Accused of Harvesting Blood from "Euthanized" Dog Charged with Animal Cruelty

Millard "Lou" Tierce
When the Star-Telegram finally pried a comment from Fort Worth veterinarian Millard "Lou" Tierce on Wednesday, he dismissed allegations that he'd mistreated animals -- specifically keeping a family's supposedly euthanized dog alive for six months as a source for blood transfusions -- as "all a bunch of hooey."

The state and local officials who raided his office on Tuesday disagree. On Wednesday evening, Tierce was arrested on an animal cruelty charge after turning himself in shortly after 7. He was released not long after, posting a $10,000 bond.

See also: A Fort Worth Vet Is Accused of Keeping Family's "Euthanized" Dog Alive To Harvest Its Blood

Police haven't said whether the charge stems from the initial blood-transfusion complaint or something else investigators found during their hours-long examination of Tierce's Camp Bowie Animal Clinic.

News of the investigation prompted a flurry of calls to the clinic, which opened for business as usual on Wednesday. Lots of them were from customers like Keri Eagle, who questioned if her miniature pinscher had in fact been euthanized like Tierce said.

"I cried, because I wish I hadn't done this. Maybe this wasn't the best choice for her," Eagle told NBC 5. "I just question myself for making a wrong decision by bringing my dog here."

And Fox 4 reports that another woman, Rebecca Pearce, filed a complaint with the state on Wednesday because she's no longer sure the can of ashes Tierce gave her actually contain the remains of her beloved Maxina since she never received a bill. Same with Christian Flores, who spoke with the Star-Telegram.

Update at 2:03 p.m.: The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has suspended Tierce.

According to the order of suspension, Tierce failed to euthanize five dogs, telling investigators that he believed "that it was his decision, and not the decision of the animal owner, whether or not an animal should be euthanized."

Also, the place was filthy:

Animal organs were kept in jars throughout the clinic. Bugs were visible in exam rooms. Stacks of drugs, trash, laundry, paperwork, and other miscellaneous material were strewn about the examination rooms, hallway, stairwells, operating room, laboratories, and offices of the Clinic.Open and unsecured medications, including some controlled substances, were also strewn about the clinic and in such a fashion that controlled substances could easily be stolen and abused by employees, clients, or visitors of the clinic.

Three dogs found in the clinic on Tuesday, one of which Tierce claimed as his own, were "in such decrepit shape that the had to be euthanized." His failure to do so is the source of the animal cruelty charge.

Dr. Tierce Order of Temporary Suspension

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All these cretins drooling over this vet. Just remember, everyone is a saint till his first crime.

Jeffrey Dahmer's neighbors remember him as a nice guy.


Those people standing in defense of this freak and berating those who find him vile  need to wake up and get real.  I understand it may be a hard pill to swallow but you sound like you might be more concerned with your own ego than the care of your pet.  Nancy Nichol's who makes money from giving opinions based on her taste made a huge deal yesterday about the awesomeness of a Vet who kept a 170 pound dog caged (for whatever reason) after telling and charging the family he had been euthanized.  To make the situation worse, the dog was given a fatal diagnosis when the Vet knew it was not the case.  I suspect he saw a large dog that had a lot of blood and decided to play God.

I am not sure where this lame concept of people loving pets more than people comes from.  Most people who love pets tend to have even more compassion for their fellow man.  Yet I think it has been proven the strong connection between those who abuse animals as those who also harm humans at some point. 

It is now pretty clear that Nancy Nichol's opinions are based more on camaraderie than reality.  I wonder if this Vet has ever made the D Best Of list.   

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Big Kitty wants to have at that Dr. Mengele wannabe.

TheRuddSki topcommenter

Standing in the clinic’s crowded lobby Wednesday morning, Tierce said: “The lady wanted me to euthanize their dog, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.”

Shorter version: "I broke the law"

However, the allegations about milking the mutt may, as he said, be trumped-up. Guess we'll find out.

holmantx topcommenter

The reporting on this is 180.  Is this guy Sweeney Todd or Mr. Green Jeans?  His fans are heaping praise.  And the whistleblower may be a "hell hath no fury" disgruntled, and fired, ex-employee.

It's hard trying to figure out whether or not we should give him the Donald Sterling treatment.

Oh well.  Over the side he goes.  We'll let God figure it out.

Meanwhile isn't it awful about the poor victim up in OK who died of a heart attack after a botched state execution?

And what did he do to deserve such a heinous state-sanctioned murder?

He shot an 18 year old woman when she came home early whilst he was burglarizing her apartment.

then he buried her alive.


@holmantx You know, I have to hand it to you on the Sweeney Todd or Mr. Green Jeans line.  Some times you spew out some beauties. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


yes and people are complaining about his so called mistreatment, but they fail to remember what his victim went through.

I guess we should just go back to firing squads.

holmantx topcommenter

@MaxNoDifference @holmantx  

There ought to be an investigation with the resignation of the usual suspects.

Then let's get back to putting these clowns in the meat grinder.

holmantx topcommenter


he also beat her then raped her before he buried her alive.

I don't why we just don't hook them up to a fatal morphine drip like we do the old folks a thousand times a day.


Not if it's got Drano in it.

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