Texas vet arrested, suspended for animal cruelty

This photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office shows Fort Worth, Texas veterinarian Dr. Millard Tierce. Tierce has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge after a former client alleged her dog was kept alive and used for blood transfusions after she was told it had been euthanized. (AP Photo/Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office)
This photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office shows Fort Worth, Texas veterinarian Dr. Millard Tierce. Tierce has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge after a former client alleged her dog was kept alive and used for blood transfusions after she was told it had been euthanized. (AP Photo/Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — State officials have suspended a Texas veterinarian’s license after he admitted telling some clients he would euthanize their pets but instead kept them in cages at his clinic.

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners temporarily suspended Dr. Lucien Tierce’s license Thursday, a day after he was arrested on animal cruelty charges. He was released on $10,000 bond.

The board says agents searching his Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth found “animal organs in jars” and “stacks of drugs, trash, laundry” and bugs throughout the clinic.

The search came after a former client alleged that Tierce told her that her dog needed to be euthanized, but he instead kept the dog for months for blood transfusions.

Investigators say Tierce acknowledged his clinic was unsanitary. His clinic declined comment Thursday.

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