In a story eerily familiar to the ever-present danger of cryptids masquerading as trusted members of society to gain an advantage over their unsuspecting prey, Fort Worth police raided a popular animal clinic at Camp Bowie earlier this year when it was discovered the vet had been allegedly keeping a terrible secret. Similar to the premise of the movie Daybreakers, animals were kept trapped in cages at the clinic and used as sources for blood. The raid came about when a Texas family discovered that their dog, Sid, a five year old Leonberger had not been put down as they had been told but was being kept in terrible conditions.
The family had been told Sid had a congenital spinal disorder and could not survive by vet Dr. Lou Tierce. Compassionately, Marian Harris, of Aledo, and her family agreed to have the dog euthanized for his own benefit.
But six months later, Harris received a call from a former employee at the clinic telling her Sid had not been put to sleep and was still alive. Harris and her husband, Jamie Harris, marched straight to the clinic and found the poor dog in a small pen in the back room. Sid was reported to be in squalid conditions and kept in his own waste but well enough to walk out of the cage and jump up into the back of the minivan.
Sid was taken to see another vet who confirmed the dog didn’t have a terminal condition and did not need to be put down. The vet also confirmed that the dog had suffered numerous times with having blood taken from him.
The police raid also seized two other dogs and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has launched an inquiry to see if any other animals have suffered mistreatment. The vet in question, Dr. Tierce, has since said the allegations are false and tried to say Harris wanted to put the dog down but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. He also said the employee who’d contacted Harris was disgruntled and just wanting to get back at him.
In addition to dogs found during the raid, the former employee reported at least one cat had been supposedly kept in the surgery after its owners had told it had passed away. What reason this vet, with a clean license since 1966, could possibly be doing with the blood of these poor animals may remain a mystery.
There are animal blood banks all over the United States and they work almost identical to human blood banks providing blood to emergency clinics and veterinarians. Human blood banks are often suspected to be a primary source of nourishment for vampires and other cryptids which depend on a steady source for survival. Likewise, animal blood banks provide an alternate source of blood alleviating the need for these creatures to prey on humans reducing the risk of discovery.
While we may never know the truth behind this story, it’s fair to say you don’t have to be a cryptid to be a monster.