Fort Worth vet indicted in animal cruelty case


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Fort Worth veterinarian who investigators say told a client he had euthanized her dog but instead kept it alive in a cage for months.

Seventy-one-year-old Millard Lucien Tierce was indicted by the Tarrant County grand jury on charges that include theft and animal cruelty.


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In a statement Wednesday Tarrant County prosecutors said Tierce kept the woman’s dog alive for blood transfusions, instead of euthanizing the pet.

Tierce has been free on $10,000 bond and is awaiting trial.


The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners last week suspended Tierce’s license for five years.

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The board in its order said Tierce violated standards of care at his clinic and failed to conduct a practice with honesty and integrity.

Tierce’s attorney, Patty Tillman, declined comment Wednesday.