Veterinarian kept dog alive for blood, report says

Dr. Lou Tierce (Photo/Tarrant County Sheriff's Office)

Dr. Lou Tierce (Photo/Tarrant County Sheriff's Office)

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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28 comments Add your comment

Todd

May 1st, 2014
10:09 am

Yes, you should be there for your pets final breath…but this vet should lose more than his license and fined just $10,000.00.
What he has done should cost him much much more…

Nan

May 1st, 2014
10:45 am

What kind of idiot allows their dog to be left at the vet for several months in the first place, “cold laser” treatment or no? The timeline in this article makes no sense and more should have been done to gather all the facts before this was published on an AJC blog. These people don’t sound like they have two shreds of common sense to rub together, the vet sounds like a terrible human being, and the author should have written a more coherent article.

George Mathis

May 1st, 2014
10:52 am

Nan – What about the timeline doesn’t make sense? The Harrises left their dog at the vet and several months later were told he needed to be put down. Six months after that “euthanization” they learned Sid was still alive. Did you know your name means “Not a Number?” Just thought I would throw that in.

Brace4impactz

May 1st, 2014
11:03 am

In some cases a second opinion is warranted. However, I believe doing the due diligence on your vet is important too. Find one you trust, listen to them explain every procedure and do some research yourself. Of course even with those precautions, there’s still a chance of getting a bad one.
Yes, if at all possible try to be there to comfort your pet in their final moments. I was unable to get to my vets office before one of my dogs passed and it has always bothered me. When my last dog passed, I did the right thing. I had my vet come to my house. My dog peacefully passed away in his own bed, with me gently petting his head, while telling him I love him and thanking him for protecting us for so many years.

Beck

May 1st, 2014
11:10 am

I’m with Nan – I have ferrets instead of dogs just due to the time I spend away from home, but I’ll be damned if I wouldn’t have been there to check on them, love on them, etc. every other day, or every few days if they had to go for extended treatment.

You don’t let your pet stay at the vets for month w/o checking in.

joe

May 1st, 2014
11:34 am

This pee poor excuse of a vet should have his blood drained for six months and kept in a cage with his feces. Just look at this pathetic SOB…would love to smack that smug look off his face.

Bob Rohrer

May 1st, 2014
11:37 am

Nan’s “timeline” criticism makes no sense to me, George. The story is perfectly clear, though I wouldn’t leave a pet at an animal hospital without visiting her/him daily.

MikeSand

May 1st, 2014
11:39 am

Isn’t this the guy from Jurrassic Park?

iamwithnan

May 1st, 2014
12:28 pm

I am with Nan, this timeline makes no sense. According the the article, the dog was left in the vet’s care for months. Who does that?

“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.”

Winnie

May 1st, 2014
12:33 pm

Who would leave their pet at the vet for months without checking – if for nothing else than to find out how much this is costing? Either way, the vet did wrong.

Bumper

May 1st, 2014
12:47 pm

If you care so little about your hospitalized pet that you only check on his well-being every “several months” you have no business being a pet owner. Animal abuse stories like this make me sick.

kim

May 1st, 2014
12:48 pm

that is the most horrible story I have heard in a while. the vet should have the same done to him.

commoncents

May 1st, 2014
12:56 pm

Nan, the timeline makes sense. Your issue is the duration of time, which is different.

skipper

May 1st, 2014
1:06 pm

This guy needs a good old-fashined butt-whoopin’……………….

Bernie31

May 1st, 2014
1:38 pm

BS story pure and simple.

uh…huh

John Smith

May 1st, 2014
1:58 pm

The timeline in the article is WRONG. They had the dog for 2 weeks, not 2 months. The family called everyday to check on their dog! I stayed with my dog when he had to be put down. Some people make the choice not to. It doesn’t mean they don’t love their dog!! I was told that dogs would sometimes have a bad reaction to the medicine and “scream” when administered. Don’t judge someone’s choice to not be present. This is a case of a trusting family who did what the vet recommended!

Jack Mehoff

May 1st, 2014
2:55 pm

What kind of evil people leave their pet at the vet for several months?

That doctor looks like Santa….and a pedophhile.

George Mathis

May 1st, 2014
3:06 pm

Here’s the timeline in an easier to understand form for some of our readers.
May 2013: Family took Sid to vet, who kept dog
September 2013: Family visited clinic and Sid could not walk
October 2013: Family took another dog to see the vet, and Sid was given X-ray too. Vet said Sid needed to be euthanized and family agreed.
Recently: Family learns Sid is still alive and rescue him. Vet is arrested

coj

May 1st, 2014
3:59 pm

The folks who are placing the blame on the dog owners and not the vet might be concerned about the perceived indifference of the owners except that they don’t even mention the vet’s culpability.

LydiasDad

May 1st, 2014
4:06 pm

Is the dog dead now? Was he finally put out of his misery? Idiot pet owners.

Jack Mehoff

May 1st, 2014
4:21 pm

The pet owners left the dog at vets and just forgot about it. George Mathis dropping knowledge on bad pet owners and santa looking vets.

gadem

May 1st, 2014
4:40 pm

there is a special place in H3LL for that man….

Ghost

May 1st, 2014
4:56 pm

“Veterinarians may be the most beloved profession on Earth, after astronauts and blog writers.” BS!

Henry

May 1st, 2014
4:59 pm

I believe it’s quite common for a Vet to have a blood dog and a great idea if your pet is bleeding out and needs a refill. And, bless this Vet for feeding and keeping ole Sid around to save other pets.

kris

May 1st, 2014
6:12 pm

Totally agree with Nan. Nothing about this article makes sense. The owners must be complete idiots and should not have a dog..

Kat

May 1st, 2014
6:16 pm

@Ghost. Yes, that was sarcasm that he used there.

Kat

May 1st, 2014
6:16 pm

The timeline makes sense. The family is full of idiots and poor dogs. The vet is a criminal. Some readers are having comprehension issues.

Jack Mehoff

May 1st, 2014
10:09 pm

I think this vet is qualified to play qb in the nfl