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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The former Fort Worth veterinarian accused of keeping dogs alive despite telling the owners that the pets had been euthanized was not indicted by a grand jury.

Criminal charges against Dr. Lou Tierce have been dropped after he allegedly kept dogs alive to use them as blood donors.

Investigators charged Tierce with theft and animal cruelty in October 2014.

As a result, his veterinary license was suspended for five years.

While the state board has him suspended until 2019, the DA’s office said  Tierce agreed to extend the suspension until 2020. 

The Harris family said Tierce secretly kept their dog alive for six months after they believed that the doctor put the animal down and sued him.

Former client Gary Stiggers told CBS11, “I haven’t had any bad experience, and the day I came by and saw all the cameras and things here, I was very shocked. Very shocked indeed.”

The doctor admitted to making some mistakes and to hoarding, but he had been desperately trying to get his veterinarian’s license back. Tierce had been practicing for 48 years.

Camp Bowie Animal Clinic (Brooke Rogers - CBS11)

Camp Bowie Animal Clinic (Brooke Rogers – CBS11)

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