FORT WORTH, Texas - Authorities raided a popular Texas veterinary clinic on Tuesday after a family discovered the dog they thought had been euthanized was actually being kept alive, allegedly for his blood.
Mary Harris said she was heartbroken last October when veterinarian Lou Tierce recommended that her 4-year-old Leonberger, Sid, be euthanized because of deteriorating health problems. She said she and her family had been going to see Tierce for more than 26 years for various pets.
Harris said she received a shocking phone call this month from a former employee of Camp Bowie Animal Clinic who revealed that Sid was still alive.
Animal Control officials said Sid was most likely kept alive to harvest his blood for transfusions to other animals.
"We trusted the vet. We said our goodbyes," Harris told ABC News. "We had even talked about burial arrangements, and then six months later I get a call that he’s still alive."
Sid has since returned home with the Harris family, but he is still "skittish" and "stressed," Harris said.
"He was put in a cage. Wasn't properly treated, wasn't getting treatment," Harris said. "My one son said this is the best day ever because we have Sid back, but it's my angriest day ever that somebody could do this."
Harris said she is thankful for being reunited with Sid and she expects him to recover following an assessment at a rehab facility and some physical therapy treatment, ABC News reported.
Police said Tierce has a clean record, but they are looking into every animal case he has dealt with in recent years.