Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 9
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 9

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, October 24, 2002
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Page 9 — Thursday, October 24, 2002 _^_^__ STATE <3nhimta (gazette Susan Watts left, and Vaiarie Nuttall, restrained Penny, a 3-year- old boxer, while she donated blood Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania Animal Bloodmobile in Perkasie. (AP photo) Dogs saving lives by giving blood By TIN A MOORE Associated Press Writer QUAKERTOWN — Sport, an energetic English springer spaniel, bounced onto the University of Pennsylvania's canine bloodmobile, his ears flopping. Like Pavlov's dogs, experience had taught him to expect a treat and he was already looking for it. "[ swear he knows," said Elaine Gorman, who brought Sport to the blood drive at a school in Bucks County, about 40 miles from Philadelphia. "He sees the bus and he knows he's going to get a treat." The dog-only bloodmobile is the only one of its kind in the country, officials at the Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine believe. The white bus travels to blood drives organized by breeders, dog clubs, veterinarians and others in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland to collect blood for its well-known veterinary hospital. "We can't ask the dog for the donation, but we most certainly will not force any dog to donate blood," said Urs Giger, head of the veterinary school's transfusion medical program. "In other words, these dogs are good-tempered dogs that are not stressed by the procedure." Sport, who made liis ninth visit to the Penn Animal Bloodmobile on Tuesday, didn't seem stressed as he lay on a metal table so a veterinary technician could shave a patch of his silky fur and draw a pint of blood from a jugular vein. The number of pets donating blood has increased, but transfusions also are on the rise, partly because more people are opting to have their dogs undergo lifesaving surgery, said Wendy HatcheU, a veterinary te clinician. "For the last l'/2 years, we haven't had enough because more people are using it," said Hatchett, who spoke sweetly to Sport on Tuesday as she slid a needle into his neck. "Now, (blood transfusions) are becoming more and more common all around the country." Dogs are tested the first lime they donate and those with blood that can't be universally transfused are turned away. The bloodmobile does- n't allow cats, because they need to be anesthetized to draw blood, Hatchett said. The blood : — taken from a jugular because it is a large vein and can withstand the pressure of a suction pump — will be deposited in the Penn Animal Blood Bank, which has about 1,000 active donors and is the largest voluntary canine blood donor program in the country. The blood is used mainly at the University of Pennsylvania, which does about 10 transfusions each day. In some cases, the blood is separated into products that treat diseases and disorders. Tuscany, a powerful Doberman pinscher who strutted onto the bloodmobile this week for his 20th donation, has a reputation for squirming while on the table. "This is for dogs that are sick," said Vera Belsky, of Bedminster, as she held Tuscany's head still. "If one of my dogs was sick and needed surgery at Penn, there's blood there." One of the bonuses for owners who bring a dog to the bloodmobile is the promise of free blood from the blood bank. The blood usually costs about $100 a pint, Hatchett said. Susan Watts talked directly to her boxer about the other animals she might be saving. "Just relax. Just key down," she told Penny, a black-and-tan 3-year-old who panted heavily as blood flowed from her neck. "You're going to help so many other dogs." Christine Shister talked to her dog, Gus, a little more bluntly about his duty. "Other dogs need this. And if you ever need surgery, we'll need it," she told the commanding German Shepard as he lay on his right side, fidgeting. Three people held him down as Hatchett drew his blood. Jaime Greiser, a student at Upper Bucks County Vo-Tech School, held Gus down as the pump's generator hummed in the background. "I think they are more scared about being held down than by having Iheir blood taken," he said. After about five minutes, the needle was out and Gus was getting his treat: a bowl of food. "That's the orange juice and doughnuts," Hatchett said. Kennametal to lay off hundreds worldwide LATROBE (AP) — Kennametal Inc. will lay off 300 to 340 employees worldwide, including about 30 at the toolmaker's headquarters in Lairobe, a company spokesman said Wednesday. The company— which operates 70 facilities globally and has about 14,000 employees — cited uncertainty about the strength of the economic recovery as the reason for the layoffs, which have already begun, spokesman Steve Halvonik said. Kennametal announced it would be making cutbacks as it released its first quarter earnings of $10.8 million, or 31 cents a share. In the same quarter last year, the company reported a loss of $238 million, or $7.57 a share. That loss was credited to a $250 million charge related to an accounting change. Halvonik said some employees have already been notified of the layoffs, which are expected to be completed by the end of December. He said the layoffs will result in a $9 million charge, with most of it coming in the second quarter. ATTENTION A search has been made to locate employees or contractors who worked at FISHER SCIENTIFIC in Indiana, PA at any time during the 1950's through the 1970's. If you were employed at this facility during said time period, and have knowledge of asbestos-containing products utilized, please contact Jason, Jill or Donna toll-free at (800) 471-3980 Carpet World Time Is Money We Save You Both. 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