Suspension remains for embattled veterinarian

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)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The vet who allegedly told clients he would euthanize their pets but instead kept the animals alive in cages at his Fort Worth clinic appeared before the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Friday.

Dr. Lucien Tierce is accused of keeping the animals alive for use in blood transfusions.

His attorney argued Friday that the label of being a “vampire” were unfair saying he’s a compassionate, professional vet.

However, Tierce admitted to several other times where he told pet owners their dogs or cats had been put down but were not.

The board ruled to keep Tierce’s temporary suspension in place. The decision means he cannot practice medicine but his clinic will be able to stay open.

An administrative law judge will take up the case in about two months.

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