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Local vet goes to the dogs

Ledis chronicles experiences in Costa Rica

Dr. Alan Ledis. (click for larger version)
March 15, 2011
CHARLTON — At least once a year for the last 10, Dr. Alan Ledis' life has gone to los perros de Costa Rica.

That is, the local veterinarian contributes his time and resources to educating people about animal care, spaying/neutering animals (mostly dogs), primarily in the small, rural communities that dot the Central American nation.

"Some of it was jungle medicine, some of it took place in various public buildings in town," he said.

By jungle medicine, Ledis means some pretty untypical situations for an American vet. It wasn't unusual for him to have to sterilize an operating table by dumping alcohol on it and lighting it on fire — if there was even a table handy. Surgery was just as likely to happen on a tarpaulin on the ground.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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