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Hurt dog shows up at New Mexico emergency room

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March 16, 2010 09:09 PM EST | AP

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FARMINGTON, N.M. — The patient was only slightly injured when he limped into a hospital in the northwest New Mexico city of Farmington. The only problem was, he was a dog. When the automatic doors at San Juan Regional Medical Center's emergency room slid open Saturday night, the pooch walked in, blood on his nose and paw, and a puncture hole in one leg.

Animal control officer Robin Loev (LOHV) responded to a call from the hospital and suspects the puncture wound was from the bite of another dog.

Loev says the German shepherd mix appeared to be intelligent and calm – and knew enough to go to the right place.

The animal was taken to the Farmington Animal Shelter and claimed by its owner.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com