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November 3, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beth Borozan first realized something was wrong when Buster, her golden retriever, took a break from their game of catch to spit up $1.49. "Thirteen dimes and 19 pennies to be exact," Borozan said. Borozan didn't panic, exactly, but she was distressed. Then she recalled another puzzling moment earlier in the day, "a suspicious clank in the pooper scooper."
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November 2, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beth Borozan first realized something was wrong when Buster, her golden retriever, took a break from their game of catch to spit up $1.49. "Thirteen dimes and 19 pennies to be exact," Borozan said. Borozan didn't panic, exactly, but she was distressed. Then she recalled another puzzling moment earlier in the day, "a suspicious clank in the pooper scooper."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Pierce College's veterinary science program had long wanted to update its educational software, but the agriculture department couldn't afford it. Not giving up, program officials recently appealed to Oregon-based Interactive Technology Group Inc., explaining the financial situation facing the college and the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1997 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dr. Bruce Levine's mother always wanted him to be a doctor, but the type of patients he has treated during the last 20 years is not exactly what she had in mind. An average working day for the 45-year-old Placentia veterinarian can bring anything from snakes and iguanas to parrots and ferrets to his examination table, along with the occasional dog or cat. "My mom wanted me to be an M.D., but I just couldn't see it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1997 | JIM HOLLANDER
Dr. Robert LaBounty has an ear for his calling. LaBounty, a Studio City veterinarian, has built a practice out of performing ear croppings on about 20 varieties of dogs such as schnauzers, pit bulls and Great Danes. Some of L.A.'s most notable canine owners, from the current Mrs. Hugh Hefner (Doberman pinscher) to Cuba Gooding Jr. (Great Danes) to Carrol O'Connor (miniature schnauzers) have hired him to sculpt and tend the ears of their pets.
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July 6, 1997 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Los Angeles Zoo, Herman, the Indian rhino, is almost blind from cataracts. Gita, an Asian elephant well into middle age, has severe arthritis. Time has taken its toll on the kidneys of Indira, the 14-year-old tiger. Senior tamarins and marmosets are bedeviled by gum disease. Koo, a white-cheeked gibbon of a certain age, has developed diabetes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1997 | JOHN M. GONZALES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caesar, a 20-year-old male gorilla, returned to his exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo on Thursday, but his near-death after surgery had zoo veterinarians urging the construction of new medical care facilities. The zoo has the money to build the $10.5-million project. But it has been stymied by the Sierra Club and equestrian groups, who say the plan would take too much of a popular slice of Griffith Park.
NEWS
September 23, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the cold operating room, the surgeon starts to sweat. Through his wet plastic face shield, Dr. Robert L. Rooks peers deep into the open hip of a muscular Rottweiler named Thor. Two technicians pull hard at the opening with retractors, their feet planted in a tug-of-war stance. "It's a real tight fit," Rooks mutters via headset to his four surgical assistants. It's the fourth hip replacement of the day for Rooks, who works in a veterinary operating room set up exactly like one for people.
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