Updated: Family says ‘dead’ dog alive, used as blood donor


SidCourtesyofCBSDFWUpdated: It gets worse. The vet admits keeping five dogs alive even though he had told their families that he would euthanize them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. One canine was kept in a cage for as many as three years; at least one was denied medical treatment and found “twitching in pain” on the floor. The conditions at the clinic were said to be “deplorable.”  Why didn’t the workers at the veterinary clinic turn him in? Should they be charged, too?

Original post: If true, it’s like something out of a horror movie or sci-fi novel. Think Coma.

Sid, a 4-year-old Leonberger, was suffering from a degenerative spinal defect and needed to be put to sleep, a family in Texas claim they were told by a vet six months ago, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports.

But last week, the Harrises say, they were contacted by a veterinary technician who said that she’d left her job at the clinic because animals were being abused — in filthy cages 24/7. Sid wasn’t dead, she said.

He was being kept alive to give other dogs blood, according to the Harrises’ attorney. Continue reading