A Texas family was surprised on Tuesday when an employee at the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic called and told them that their dog was alive.
The Harris family thought their 4-year-old Leonberger named Sid had died six months earlier after they gave permission to the clinic to put the dog down because he supposedly had a spine condition.
Apparently, that was not the case, and now a 71-year-old vet from the clinic has been arrested on animal cruelty charges.
Dr. Millard (Lou) Tierce is being accused of keeping the dog alive so that he could be used for blood transfusions for other dogs.
During that time, Sid was forced to spend most of his days in a cage covered in his own urine and feces, according to New York Daily News.
Despite the charges, some clients are reportedly defending the vet. However, his vet license has been suspended. Tierce was released on a $10,000 bond.
Sid is now back with the Harris family and is receiving treatment from another veterinarian.