Veterinarians may be the most beloved profession on Earth, after astronauts and blog writers.
They tend to our sick pets and every one I’ve met seems to have a big heart.
But, there’s a bad apple in every barrel.
In Texas, a veterinarian is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly keeping a customer’s dog alive solely to use its blood in transfusions, reports NBC News in Fort Worth.
Jamie and Marian Harris took their giant, 170-pound dog “Sid,” a Leonberger, to see Dr. Lou Tierce for a minor anal gland issue.
Tierce, the Harris family says, told them Sid needed to stay at the clinic for “cold laser” treatment.
After several months, the family asked to see Sid, and the clinic “reluctantly agreed,” says the family attorney.
Sid was in such bad shape he couldn’t walk to meet his owners.
Tierce initially said Sid couldn’t walk because of a “drop in blood pressure,” said the family attorney.
The Harrises then took another dog, “Bob,” in for an X-Ray.
Tierce allegedly told them he needed to use Sid to “calibrate” the X-ray machine for Bob.
The vet then told the Harrises the calibration scan showed Sid suffered from a congenital spinal birth defect and the 5-year-old animal needed to be euthanized.
The sad couple and their son said farewell to “Sid,” and asked the vet to bury the large dog.
Six months after they thought their pet had died the family got a call from a vet technician who said Sid was alive and his blood was regularly being drained, presumably to be used during other dogs’ operations.
The technician, Mary Brewer, said Sid was surrounded by his urine and feces and rarely let out of his cage.
Sid’s shocked owners rushed to the clinic and freed Sid, who had the mange and exhibited symptoms of “abusive kenneling” and having his blood routinely drained.
The animal clinic and Dr. Tierce did not respond to requests for comment, says NBC.
The vet turned himself in Wednesday night and was released on a $10,000 bond. His vet license is temporarily suspended.
Brewer, who alleges other dogs were kept alive at the clinic solely for blood transfusions and experimental treatments, said she has quit working at the clinic.
Why did all of this happen? This is speculation, but perhaps the clinic was padding its bottom line with Sid’s blood.
My opinion? Always get a second opinion and personally attend your pet’s final moments.
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