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Dog takes self to the emergency room

hospitaldogMaybe it was a coincidence, or maybe it was one smart dog. In any event an injured dog in New Mexico walked through the automatic doors and into the emergency room at San Juan Regional Medical Center over the weekend.

Staff and patients were stunned to see the unaccompanied German shepherd mix, about 7 to 8 years old, walk through the doors with blood on his nose and paw, and a small puncture wound on a rear leg.

Animal control officer Robin Loev responded to the hospital, where he found people gathered around the dog, giving him water, according to the Daily Times in Farmington.

Loev couldn’t find the source of the blood and it didn’t appear the dog was hit by a car. The puncture wound, probably from being bitten by another dog, didn’t require treatment.

Loev took the dog to the Farmington Animal Shelter, where it was vaccinated and given water and a warm blanket.

“Some of these situations that come up make you wonder just how intelligent these animals are,” Loev said.

 (Photo: Xavier Mascareñas/The Daily Times)


Comment from Val Heart
Time March 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

what a beautifully inspiring story, and yes dogs are indeed VERY intelligent creatures. They have a great deal of wisdom to share with us humans! Val

Comment from Anonymous
Time March 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

It is a beautiful and touching story, but what happens to the dog afterwards? Is he tansferred to a “no kill” shelter or kept and eventually put down if no one adopts him?

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