Target: Dr. Millard Tierce
Goal: Condemn veterinarian for his inhumane treatment of a dog
A veterinarian in Texas has been accused of animal abuse. The veterinarian, Dr. Millard Tierce, kept a supposedly terminally ill dog alive for six months in order to use it for blood transfusions. Tierce’s blatantly inhumane acts have been discovered and his license has been suspended; but Tierce must understand the grotesque nature of his actions.
Tierce had diagnosed the dog, Sid, with a terminal spine condition. He instructed the owners to allow for Sid to be put down and had the grief-stricken family sign the dog’s life away. Instead of euthanizing Sid, Tierce kept the dog alive for six months in order to harvest its blood to use for medical purposes. A vet technician alerted Sid’s family of the doctor’s wrongdoings six months after the family thought that Sid was put down.
The dog, a beloved four-year-old Leonberger, was rescued from its horrible predicament and is thankfully expected to make a full recovery. Another vet who examined Sid after the incident told the family that the dog is fine and was never terminally ill. Tierce lied to Sid’s family and kept him alive for the sole purpose of using it for blood.
This act was incredibly negligent and grotesque. Show your disdain for Tierce’s actions in hopes that he realizes the extent of his wrongdoing and treats animals with much more respect in the future.
Dear Dr. Millard Tierce,
You have recently been accused of animal abuse and, subsequently, had your veterinarian license revoked. You have held this license since 1966; this makes your act of inhumanity even harder to understand, and extremely hard to forgive. Sid, the four-year-old Leonberger that you lied about and said was terminally ill, had a long, happy life ahead of him. You were determined to cut short his happiness, and quite possibly his life, in order to use his blood for medical purposes. This is foul and unjust.
Sid was found living in his own urine and feces. He is now thankfully with his family and is expected to make a full recovery. However, I believe that the punishment you faced is not enough. Many owners trust you with their beloved pets; it is not safe to say that this is your first offense of animal neglect.
I urge you to reconsider your career path and how you treat fellow mammals. Animals are not objects for experimentation, here for our personal use and disposal. Dr. Tierce, consider your wrongdoings and pledge to treat animals humanely in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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