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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Family discovers dog they were told was put down kept alive in cage by vet for blood transfusions

Brian O'Reilly

Published 30/04/2014|16:34

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Marian reunited with her dog

A FAMILY made the horrifying discovery that their beloved pet dog who they were told was put down was being kept alive by a vet for blood transfusions.

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The Harris family, from Texas, claims that vets at their local veterinary surgery lied to them when they said their four-year-old Labrador needed to be put down six months ago.

Vets had diagnosed the pooch with a painful spinal condition which would eventually see him become crippled.

The family were told their pet would be buried at a local farm.

Jamie and Marian Harris were reunited with their dog after an anonymous call from a worker at the surgery.

“It was like getting punched in the stomach and then some," Marian told the local NBC affiliate.

The employee told the family he was left in a small cage covered in his own urine and feces and his blood harvested for transfusions.

They family immediately took the dog to another vet, who told them the dog didn’t even need to be put down in the first place.

"The betrayal is so incredibly intense that nothing you have prepares you for the emotions," Marian said.

"There's anger, there's joy that you have your dog back, there's betrayal of this intense trust."

Police are investigating the clinic to determine if any other animals were involved.

It is not yet known whether any criminal charges will be filed.

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