Supporters of a Fort Worth veterinarian accused of animal cruelty have taken to Facebook to back the long-time pet doctor.
The Facebook page, called "Support Dr. Lou Tierce, Camp Bowie Animal Clinic", had 26 "likes" as of noon Thursday.
"This is for those who know Dr. Lou Tierce, have been clients of Camp Bowie Animal Clinic, and believe he is incapable of animal cruelty," states the community page's description. "Share your positive statements and support only, other will be deleted."
State and local authorities raided Tierce's clinic last week following allegations made by an Aledo couple that the vet had deceived them into believing that their 5-year-old Leonberger named Sid had been euthanized last fall because of a degenerative spinal condition. The couple said they found out six months later from a former vet tech at the clinic that the dog was still alive and being used at the clinic for blood transfusions.
Court documents described investigators finding unsanitary conditions at the clinic. Three dogs at the clinic had to been euthanized because they were in such decrepit shape," the documents say.
The day following the raid, the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners temporarily suspended Tierce's veterinary license, which he had held since 1966. He was later arrested on a warrant alleging animal cruelty.
Several supporters have said they plan to attend a hearing in Austin Friday at which it will be determined whether Tierce's license should be reinstated.
- Deanna Boyd