Vet used dog for transfusions months after planned euthanization, family claims

FORT WORTH, Tx. – A Texas family has accused their veterinarian of keeping their dog alive to perform blood transfusions six months after his planned euthanization, according to multiple media reports.

The family alleges a veterinarian at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic kept Sid, their four-year-old Leonberger, alive for six months after his planned euthanization.

Sid’s owner Marian Harris, told KTVT she gave Dr. Lou Tierce permission to put Sid down last October due to health problems.

Last week, Harris received a phone call from a former employee of the animal clinic who claimed Sid was still alive and imprisoned in a cage.

Harris and her husband said they went to the clinic where they found Sid living in a cage in the back room.

“The betrayal is so incredibly intense that nothing you have prepares you for the emotions,” Haris told KTVT. “There’s anger, there’s joy that you have your dog back, there’s betrayal of this intense trust. And so it’s just really hard to camp on one particular emotion.”

Harris said Sid was able to walk and jump in the back of the family’s minivan. They immediately took him to another clinic, where a veterinarian told them he did not need to be euthanized.

“Our assumption was at that point he was going to be euthanized within 24 hours. And six months later I get a call from Mary that he’s still alive and he’s walking,” she told WFAA.

Sid is now home with the Harris family.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the clinic was raided on Tuesday. The veterinarian has not publicly addressed the claims.

Sources: KTVT and WFAA

15 comments

  • sandra woodhouse

    Not sure why they left him to be put down in the first place. I could not imagine not being with one of my babies if I had to put him down. Curious as to what “health condition” he had.

    • wingedwolfpsion

      Sandra – some people can’t bear to watch, which is understandable. As for health condition – apparently it was one the veterinarian invented.

    • lisa byant

      I totally agree could never leave my babies to go on by their selves!! Right by their side until the end always, they brought me so many wonderful times and smiles !!

    • Ratt Mann

      I’ve stayed with all my dogs during the procedure to put them down when they became old and got cancer. What kind of person leaves a 4 year old dog to be put down? There is more to this story than the media is reporting. I’m not so sure I buy the story that the dog was left there because it had incurable health problems.

  • Donna

    my thing is didn’t they stay with the dog during its put down??? or have it buried or cremated ?? pick up the ashes??? I just wouldn’t ever say here is my pet but it down and leave… but that is insane what the vet did and I am happy they got the dog back and it doesn’t need to be put down..

  • Margie

    “never” ever leave your furry babies with the vet, when putting them down…..take them with you, properly bury them yourself….

  • dogLoveR

    Did the Transfusions cure the dog which is why the other VET said the dog did not need to be euthanized?

  • CW

    Maybe it was a “disgruntled former employee” that reported it, but the dog WAS THERE. Kind of irrelevant the circumstances of how it got reported when it is true….

  • Marcia

    “A Texas family has accused their veterinarian of keeping their dog alive to perform blood transfusions six months after his planned euthanization…”

    This means the dog was being used as the donor dog in the blood transfusions. Blood was being taken from him, given to other dogs that needed blood. Often times this occurs because it’s difficult to house a blood bank, but for a vet to take a dog for this use is insane.

    And when they refer to the dog being able to jump around in the back of their van, given he’s a very large dog, and was 4yo when they intended to put him down, leads me to believe he was probably having hip dysplasia issues or something related to his ability to move around.

  • Skye Johnston

    The majority of vet clinics keep a house dog and a lot keep a cat for emergency blood transfusions. They don’t take their blood daily, and keep records of when they do, and are careful about it. These animals, or at least the ones in the clinics I worked at were treated very well, and went home with staff on the weekends, and saved several lives over the years. I believe there has to be more to this story, like maybe the vet refused to euthanize a dog who didn’t need it. We had several come through the doors who were “sick” or just not wanted any more and instead of taking them to the pound we just want them put down. We NEVER put down a healthy animal, and rehomed the ones dumped on us.

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