NEW YORK (CNN) – Authorities raided a popular veterinary clinic in on Tuesday. After a family’s shocking discovery that the pet they thought was euthanized was kept alive. Her 4 year old Leonberger, Sid, seemingly back from the dead.
It was a family reunion, Marian Harris can still hardly believe, “He was able to walk and jump in the back of my minivan so it was an excitement to be reunited.”
Harris says in October veterinarian Lou Tierce, at the Camp Bowie animal clinic, recommended that Sid be euthanized, because of worsening health problems.
The family said their tearful goodbyes.
Then on April 21st, the Harrises got a phone call from Mary Brewer, A former employee of the clinic, who told the owners, Sid was alive, “He was put in a cage. Wasn’t properly treated. Wasn’t getting treatment.”
“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.
Animal control removed two more dogs, as evidence in the local and state investigations.
A well-respected, licensed vet since 1966, doctor Tierce has a clean record. And many people stopped by the clinic in the Tierce’s defense.
“He’s absolutely the best vet I’ve ever seen. I’d let him operate on me.”
Samantha Spence had her golden retriever put down in December. She came here today, just to be sure, “I just want to make sure that he’s not out there. Like a missing child, you know, I just want to make sure.”
The Harris’ claim the dog was kept alive to give other dogs blood. The family’s attorney says investigators have found evidence to support the allegation. Dr. Tierce has not commented to station KTVT.