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A Fort Worth veterinarian accused of keeping pets alive after telling owners they were euthanized has offered a settlement to the state veterinary board, which has cancelled an Aug. 25 hearing on the matter.

Instead, acceptance of the settlement in the case of Millard Lou Tierce is scheduled to be discussed at an Oct. 21 meeting by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Tierce's license was suspended in May.

Information about the settlement will not be available until the meeting, when a vote will be taken on whether to accept it, according to court documents filed late last week with the state Office of Administrative Hearings.

Nicole Oria, executive director of the veterinary board said she cannot confirm or deny that a settlement was reached.

Patty Tillman, an attorney who represents Tierce, declined to comment about the settlement. Tierce was arrested April 30 on suspicion of animal cruelty, but she said Monday he has not been criminally charged.

Tierce's license is currently suspended. Oria said a suspension means the veterinarian cannot practice medicine, diagnose or write prescriptions, but can still own a practice. If the license were revoked, the veterinarian could not own a practice, but could apply for another license in five years.

The arrest came a day after investigators from the veterinary board and Fort Worth police raided the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic and found animals living in filthy, unsanitary conditions. They also found, among other things, organs in jars, trash, insects and controlled substances left out in the open and unsecured.

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