Family sues after vet lies about euthanizing their dog

Family sues after vet lies about euthanizing their dog

FORT WORTH, Tx (CNN) - Authorities raided a popular veterinary clinic in Texas Thursday after a family's shocking discovery that the pet they thought was euthanized had actually been kept alive.

The dog's owner, Marian Harris, says she still can't believe what happened.

"He was able to walk and jump in the back of my minivan so it was an excitement to be reunited."

Harris' 4-year-old Leonberger, Sid, was to be put to sleep after a vet at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic made the recommendation in October. Vet Lou Tierce said the dogs worsening health problems had no hope of getting better. 

Sid's family said their tearful goodbyes, but on April 21st they got a phone call from a woman named Mary Brewer, a former employee of the clinic, who told the Harris family Sid was still alive.  

Brewer said Sid had been put in a cage and had been poorly treated in the clinic since October. 

Marian Harris' son was overjoyed to have his dog back, but she wasn't so happy, knowing her dog had continued to suffer.

Animal control became involved in the case and removed two more dogs as evidence in the local and state investigations.  Dr. Tierce, until this incident, was a well-respected, licensed vet since 1966.

Some of his clients came to his defense, saying he is one of the best vets in town. Others like Samantha Spence who had her golden retriever put down in December, came by the clinic just to be sure.   

"I just want to make sure that he's not out there. Like a missing child, you know, I just want to make sure," Spence said.

The Harris' claim the dog was kept alive to give other dogs blood transfusions. The family's attorney says investigators have found evidence to support the allegation. Dr. Tierce has declined to comment.
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