Target: Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Goal: Revoke the license of a veterinarian who lied to a family about their dog’s health, and kept animals in inhumane and unsanitary conditions
Last fall, the Harris family of Aledo, TX said goodbye to their beloved family dog, Sid. Sid had been having serious mobility issues, and their vet, Dr. Tierce, informed the family that Sid had an inoperable congenital spine defect that would continue to worsen. The vet recommended euthanasia, to which the family agreed, and so they said their goodbyes to Sid and left the sad details to the vet’s office.
Six months later, a former veterinary technician from the office called the family to let them know that Sid was still alive and being kept in a small cage in unsanitary conditions in the basement. They staged a rescue, and found Sid alive but injured, covered in his own feces and too weak to walk well. Upon taking him to another vet they also discovered that Sid had been tapped for blood transfusions.
After a police raid on his clinic in which two other dogs were seized, Millard Tierce was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and subsequently released on bail. Since his arrest, three other clients have filed complaints with the state veterinary board. Regardless of the outcome of the animal cruelty charges, this man lied to his clients about the health and life of their beloved pet, and should never be allowed to practice veterinary medicine again. Please sign this petition demanding that the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners revoke Dr. Tierce’s veterinary license immediately and permanently.
Dear Members of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners,
Your website states that the goal of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is to “ensure that Texans are effectively and efficiently served by quality veterinary professionals by setting clear standards for professional conduct, by assuring compliance with the rules of professional conduct and the community standard of care, and seeking solutions to issues that strengthen the profession and protect the public.”
Dr. Millard Tierce has clearly violated the rules of professional conduct by lying to his clients about their pets’ care. His treatment of the Harris family and their dog Sid is both morally reprehensible and professionally indefensible. He abused his privilege as a trusted doctor, and has lost the right to practice veterinary medicine as a licensed professional.
We demand that his license to practice veterinary medicine be immediately and permanently revoked.
[Your Name Here]
Photo petition: Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons