U.S. Veterinary Clinic in Vietnam

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U.S. Veterinary Clinic Has Brisk Business in Vietnam DA NANG, Vietnam ( A P ) -"I'd rather see a woman cry than see my dog cry," said the soldier as he cuddled a nondescript mutt named Sheila. The trooper was in the waiting room of a U.S. Army veterinary clinic, one of t li e busiest medical facilities in Vietnam, where everything from company mascots to water buffalo is treated. More than 300 dogs a month --not to mention an ever-increasing variety of other a n i - , _ mals--are seen by the fpur ani- I mal medics headed by Capt. Robert Brown, of Minnetonka, Minn. The fifth and most veteran £ member of the staff is Snowball, ?.n off-white mongrel that is self-appointed official greeter. consoler of nervous pooches and blood donor-in-residcnce for the military's scout and sentry dogs. Nobody knows where Snowball came from or when. "He's been here more than three years--longer than any of us," says Capt. Harold Lupton, of Nampa. Idaho. "And nobody knows how many times he's given blood to save the life of another dog." The primary concern of t h e , _ 175th Veterinary Detachment isfs rabies. It is so prevalent in Viet- s nam that some official esti- ~ mates say one animal in every 25 has the disease, which can be fatal to animals and humans. Rabies is a major problem for the U.S. military here because so many units and individual soldiers keep dogs and other animals as mascots. i Sometimes it's those other an-i-l imals that tax the skills o f l f Brown, Lupton and their staff. | = which also includes Capt. Man- = rice Metcalfe of Branford, § Conn., and Spec. 5 E. L. Strickland of Bade City, Fla. One GI brought in a pet goose that had gotten tangled up in _ barbed wire. Another arrived i = with a nine-foot python which js needed to have a cut sutured. |g "Some fellows have brought|H hi what they thought were b a b y i p ocelots," said Brown. "But t h e y j g turned out tx be puppies or kit-i= tens with spots painted on them. ' = "I try to tell them that the 1 spots are just paint put on in the = animal market, but often they = have paid $20 for a baby ocelot ^ and they just won't believe me '= --until the spots start to weari= off." ;| Some of the GT pets are j= passed on to new owners when ^ the original owners return to the United S .tcs. But many soldiers and Marines become so at lached to the pets that they'll illi'milHilfiViVi'i :. i." ' "·' ' ' brave any amount of red tape to take them home. The clinic staff recently has taken on the role of advisers to shrapne falo-- wt farmer farmer' ...i: ,..;:i. .. , . i . ; . i i - " | , ..-·· i I I I ' · HIIII'l-ili South Vietnamese army pig and I Now the Vietnamese !n the dlick farms near Da Naug. At iNang area are beginning to| ; the request of U.S. Marine civil]conic to the clinic. i; action platoons in the area, t h e ! "They consider their meat : Army vets also pay frequent imals far more valuable than visits to villages to treat live- their pets." said Lupton. "r'irst 1 . stock. ; they'll bring in a dog for treat Most of this consists of i n n f u - i m e n t . If that goes all ilations, but once in a while they!they'll bring in their pig. ;-' are called upon to pak'h up the; "Last week, we had a guy shrapne! wounds of a water buf-ihere with 25 chickens to be falo--which to a Vietnamese!amined." ;: farmer is equal to the Kansas! End Adv FrL, PMs Feb. 14. tor. Sent Feb. 13 ; DOWNTOWN AND SUBURBAM BOTH STORES OPEN THURSDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. Now we have it ... The famous safari tote with ils own little Sculptured elegance by Classic Creations $ 26 Nothing would be more enjoyable on Easter than her favorite ribbed wool k n i t sweater coat. Choose from a beautiful array of colors

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  1. The Amarillo Globe-Times,
  2. 02 Apr 1969, Wed,
  3. Page 35

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