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Valley needs round-the-clock vet

Dear Editor,

Are you aware that if you have the awful luck of having an emergency after hours and you live in Rifle, Silt or New Castle, chances of finding a veterinarian to help are as good as winning the lottery?

That’s right, every vet in these towns will send you off to Grand Junction or Carbondale. That’s a million miles away when your beloved family member is bleeding to death.

This past Sunday, my brother-in-law’s dog was accidentally run over and was bleeding pretty badly and was in desperate need of a vet. Not one of these so-called vets would treat this dog.

How do you live with yourselves knowing you may have or will have a hand in killing an animal just so you can have your precious time off? It is clear we need a real vet in the area that cares and is available all the time. When you stop caring about what you do, it’s time to move on.

I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the staff of Red Hill in Carbondale. They have helped my family and me through many emergencies, including this one. They are always reachable, and they never hesitate to meet you at the clinic no matter what time of day it is. They care, each and every one of them, and that is what a veterinarian should do. Thanks for listening.

Chamaigne Wade


Shane Wade


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