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Board: Texas veterinarian kept dogs in cages after telling owners he'd euthanize them

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    The Harris family, from left-right, Jamie, Cole, Case, Marian pose with their Leonberger Sid, center, at their home Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Marian Harris says the clinic told her the dog needed to be euthanized, but she was later called by a former employee who said the animal was kept alive for six months to obtain plasma. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Richard W. Rodriguez) (The Associated Press)

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    In this April 29, 2014, a police officer stands by during a raid of the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. Authorities say they’re investigating the clinic after a former client alleged her dog was kept alive and used for blood transfusions after she was told it had been euthanized. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Khampha Bouaphanh) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT (The Associated Press)

State officials have suspended a Texas veterinarian's license after he admitted telling some clients he would euthanize their pets but instead kept them in cages at his clinic.

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners temporarily suspended Dr. Lucien Tierce's license Thursday, a day after he was arrested on animal cruelty charges. He was released on $10,000 bond.

The board says agents searching his Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth found "animal organs in jars" and "stacks of drugs, trash, laundry" and bugs throughout the clinic.

The search came after a former client alleged that Tierce told her that her dog needed to be euthanized, but he instead kept the dog for months for blood transfusions.

Investigators say Tierce acknowledged his clinic was unsanitary. His clinic declined comment Thursday.

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