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State board keeps Ft. Worth vet's license suspension in place

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A state board opted to keep in place a temporary suspension of the license of a Fort Worth veterinarian accused of animal cruelty.

The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine decided on Friday to keep the temporary license suspension in place, with a formal disciplinary hearing still to come. Tierce testified for more than an hour before the board in Austin and had a group of supporters in the audience.

Tierce’s animal clinic was raided by police and medical board investigators at the end of April following a complaint filed by Marian Harris against Dr. Tierce.

As a result, Tierce was charged with cruelty to animals, non-livestock, and released on a $10,000 bond. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners also notified Tierce that his license was suspended.

According to the suspension order, the investigators noted 'unsanitary conditions, animal organs kept in jars, bugs in exam rooms, open and unsecured medications.' They also found five animals Dr. Tierce had accepted for euthanasia that were still alive. One had been kept for two to three years in a cage.

A family has filed a $1 million lawsuit against a Fort Worth veterinarian whom they say tricked them into believing their dog had been euthanized, but was secretly kept alive by the veterinarian.

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