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Dog Kept Alive Months After Supposed Euthanization

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Authorities raided a popular veterinary clinic Tuesday morning after a family's shocking discovery that their pet that they thought was euthanized was kept alive.

The family alleges that a veterinarian at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic kept their dog, Sid, alive for six months. Sid's owner, Marian Harris said she gave Dr. Lou Tierce permission to put the four-year-old Leonberger down last October due to health problems. But eight days ago, Harris received a disturbing phone call from a former employee of the animal clinic. The employee told her that Sid was still alive, imprisoned in a cage.

"The betrayal is so incredibly intense that nothing you have prepares you for the emotions. 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," said Harris.

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Harris and her husband said they marched into the clinic and found Sid living inside a cage in a back room.

"He was able to walk and jump in the back of my minivan so it was an excitement to be reunited," said Harris.

They immediately took him to another vet for an evaluation, who told the couple Sid didn't need to be euthanized at all.

Police and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners are investigating whether any other animals were abused at the clinic. Animal control removed two more dogs from the clinic as evidence in the local and state investigations.

Sid is now back home in Aledo with the Harris family.

Dr. Tierce has practiced as a well-respected licensed vet since 1966. Many people in the community said.

Dr. Tierce has not commented to CBS 11 News.

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