A veterinarian in the US was charged with animal cruelty after several dogs that had been brought to his clinic to be euthanised were found alive and kept in squalid conditions, apparently to harvest their blood.
Millard Tierce, who operates Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, turned himself into authorities on April 30 and was released on a US$10,000 bond, the police said the following day.
Local media said investigators have found five dogs that were supposed to be euthanised and which Tierce is suspected of keeping alive.
An owner of one of the dogs, Marian Harris, told the Fort Worth Star Telegram she believed her dog Sid had been euthanised last fall after Tierce diagnosed it with a degenerative spinal disease.
Harris was shocked when she found Sid alive and covered in filth at Tierce’s clinic, after she received a telephone tip-off from one of its staff named Mary Brewer. Brewer had alleged that the vet had been keeping the animals alive in cages to collect their blood for transfusions.
“The biggest hurt in all of this is the deception and what it means with something that means so much to you,” Harris told the newspaper.