FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Fort Worth veterinarian 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.
A police spokesman said Dr. Millard Tierce turned himself in about 7 p.m. Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bond.
Police and Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners agents seized two dogs during a search after receiving a complaint from the client and a former employee. The client said Tierce had told her the dog needed to be euthanized but was later told the animal was kept alive to obtain plasma.
Tierce denied wrongdoing, blaming the complaint on a disgruntled ex-employee. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the dog was returned to its owner.