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Oct 19, 2010 7:24 PM by Greg Boyce

Carson vet clinic to treat military dogs

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - The Army has set up a new veterinary medical unit at Fort Carson to treat U.S. and allied military working dogs during deployments.

The 438th Medical Detachment was activated last week. It will have about 55 soldiers.  Lt. Col. Scott Bormanis (bor-MAN'-iss), the unit's commander, says it's designed to care for up to 60 dogs. It can also treat any civilian livestock or pets injured by military action in a combat zone. Fort Carson officials say the unit hasn't been ordered to deploy but will train for that.

When it's not deployed, the unit is available to help the Fort Carson Veterinary Service care for about 8,500 pets belonging to active-duty, reserve and retired military personnel and their families.

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