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For the love of animals or money

Of our 40 thousand residents, how many have beloved pets? How many have a ‘vet of choice’ that makes money for the care of a pet between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday? But who is there when a pet needs emergency care after 5 p.m.?

There is no one; only a sign in the window telling you to drive 30 minutes to Temecula and get care there. But I will warn you, if you try that drive with a dying pet in your car, it will be dead when you get there.

My family has made that drive twice and both times the dog was dead by the time we got there.

If the veterinarians in town want to be of real service to this community, why can’t they take turns being an “on call vet” for emergencies? Why don’t we have vets who care about our pets’ lives and our hearts and not just money they make off of us?

I hit a little brown dog last week on South Mission. It was night with heavy traffic. I went back, picked him up, put him in the back seat of my car and tried my very best to find a vet who would save this little dog.

As I tried to contact the vets, all I got were answering machines. I took that long drive to Temecula, and I knew I would not be able to save this dog, unconscious in the back seat of my car.


Joyce Brazel


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