COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Veterinarians have come to the rescue of a
valuable search-and-rescue dog. They installed a pacemaker in the
5-year-old chocolate Lab named Molly.
Surgeons performed the life-saving operation at the University
of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. A medical device
company donated the pacemaker and a Kansas businessman offered to
anonymously pay up to $2,000 of the $2,500 cost. But Molly's owners
already were swamped with other offers of help.
Her masters thought something was wrong last month when they
noticed the usually-energetic Lab got tired and out of breath.
Veterinarians think she had a heart attack.
It can take about two years to train a search-and-rescue dog,
and buying a fully-trained one can cost up to $20,000.