A family’s shocking discovery led authorities to raid a well-respected veterinary clinic in Texas last Tuesday.
Camp Bowie Animal Clinic was investigated immediately when a couple alleged their beloved dog, Sid, was alive, caged and subjected to abuse long after they were told he had been euthanized for health reasons last October, according to the local CBS affiliate.
Marian Harris, Sid’s owner, gave the vet, Dr. Lou Tierce, permission to put the dog to sleep but was shocked to receive a horrifying call six months later from a former clinic employee who told her Sid was still alive and “imprisoned in a cage,” the report says.
Harris and her husband stormed into the clinic and found their pet caged in the back room.
“The betrayal is so incredibly intense that nothing you have prepares you for the emotions. There’s anger, there’s joy that you have your dog back, there’s betrayal of this intense trust. And so it’s just really hard to camp on one particular emotion,” Harris told reporters.
The couple immediately took Sid to another vet to be looked at. It turns out the dog never needed to be euthanized at all and was allegedly being kept to be used for blood transfusions. The clinic is under investigation to see if any other animals have been harmed.
Many of the clinic’s long-time clients came to the doctor’s defense, saying he was an incredible vet. One man even said he would have let him operate on his own body.
Some of the workers at the facility said that the whistleblower, Mary Brewer, was a disgruntled former employee looking to cause trouble.
“Police in Fort Worth and attorneys are still deciding if they will file any criminal animal abuse charges,” according to the Daily News.
“He was able to walk and jump in the back of my minivan so it was an excitement to be reunited,” Harris told CBS News 11.
A happy ending to a shocking ordeal.
UPDATE 5/1: Tierce, who has been practicing since 1966 and has a clean record, turned himself in Wednesday night. He was released from Tarrant County Jail on $10,000 bail, according to the report. Read more in follow-up story here.
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