Dog Kept Alive Months After Supposed Euthanization
A Texas veterinarian is being investigated after a dog that was supposedly euthanized six months ago was found alive in a kennel surrounded by his own excrement being used to provide blood transfusions for other canines, NBC 5 reports.
The Harris family originally took their 5-year-old Leonberger named Sid to Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas for an anal gland issue in May 2013. Following cold laser treatment Sid was kept at the clinic for months, but his troubles only got worse.
Eventually Sid was no longer able to walk and the doctor said he discovered a congenital birth defect that would make recovery impossible.
Dr. Lou Tierce convinced the Harris family that euthanization was the best option. The family reluctantly agreed and allowed Tierce to bury their dog at his farm in October, according to a document given to NBC 5 by the family's lawyer.
This month the Harris' got a call from a veterinary technician at the clinic who said Sid was alive and kept in a kennel for 23.5 hours out of the day. Mary Brewer said she was scolded when she tried to walk and bathe the dog, even threatened. She also said Sid wasn't the only "euthanized" dog being kept alive to provide blood transfusions.
The Harris family went to the clinic and found Sid alive and able to walk, although he had mange and showed signs of kennel abuse and multiple blood transfusions, the TV station reports.
State and local authorities are now investigating.
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