Fort Worth Vet Suspended For Animal Cruelty; Animal Organs Were Found In Jars, Agents Say
State officials have suspended a Fort Worth 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.
On Wednesday, Tierce denied the allegation, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that it's "all a bunch of hooey." He was arrested Wednesday on a warrant accusing him of cruelty to animals.
Thursday's developments come after a customer accused Tierce of stealing animals and conducting blood transfusions on her dog, which was supposed to have been euthanized.
On Tuesday, officers stood guard outside the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic as investigators seized two dogs.
“The betrayal, it’s just, you know, it’s indescribable,” Marian Harris told KERA. “I just don’t want anyone else to have to go through that.”
Read the order of temporary suspension issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners: