A Texas veterinarian accused of animal cruelty confessed in a handwritten statement that he kept five dogs alive, including his own, after they were supposed to be put down.
Police said they found jars containing animal organs and open containers of medication in Dr. Millard “Lou” Tierce’s Fort Worth clinic.
Tierce is accused of keeping animals alive to harvest blood for transfusions and experimental treatments.
When Camp Bowie Animal Clinic was raided Wednesday, two dogs found being kept alive were in such bad condition that they had to be put down.
Investigators say Tierce even kept his own border collie alive. The dog was found in a box twitching with agony. One of his legs was missing and the other was dislocated. His shoulders were also dislocated.
Examined by another doctor, the border collie had a degenerative neurological condition, severe mouth disease and abnormally poor overall health.
Police say one animal they found was supposed to be put down two or three years ago.
Investigators say the clinic was unsanitary, littered with garbage and even drugs.
Tierce's license was suspended after a family told authorities they found their dog in a cage, covered in his own filth, six months after he allegedly put him down for a fatal congenital defect.
Loyal clients can’t believe the charges against Tierce. They say the vet has been nothing but good to them.
“He wouldn’t do anything to harm an animal,” Robert Heineman told NBC.
“We don't believe for one second that he's done anything unethical,” Heineman said.
"I'm kind of heartbroken. Whoever is in charge needs to figure this out real quickly," Ben Abramowitz said. "We need to have him here practicing medicine and not dealing with this kind of harassment."