Sid the dog

A Texas veteranarian is under fire for lying to a family about euthanizing their dog. Instead, the vet secretly kept the dog alive to provide blood transfusions to other dogs.

Authorities raided the Fort Worth, Texas, veterinary clinic Tuesday after Jamie and Marian Harris say their veterinarian, Lou Tierce, kept their 5-year-old Leonberger, named Sid, alive for blood transfusions.

Harris said the crooked vet told her Sid had to be put down because he had a spinal defect.

Harris told The Texas Star-Telegram she was “shocked” when, six months later, she got a phone call from a former veterinary technician at the clinic, telling her that Sid was still alive.

The employee told Harris that she quit that day because she could no longer work in a clinic where the animals were mistreated.

The employee told Harris that Sid spent almost 24 hours a day in a cage, littered with his own feces and urine, and that he had been injured by another employee.

Jamie and Marian Harris described how they drove to the clinic and while two friends guarded the front and back doors as her husband distracted the receptionist, Harris went to the back, found Sid in a cage and rescued him.

Tierce came outside, according to the complaint, and explained that he had not euthanized Sid because some of his employees had threatened to quit if he did.

The Harrises left with Sid and took him to another veterinarian, who told them that it appeared Sid had been tapped for blood transfusions. Source