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Spanish Vet Opens Dog Sperm Bank

April 20, 1999

GIRONA, Spain (AP) _ A veterinarian has opened Spain’s first private sperm bank for dogs, catering to owners who want to breed a new version of a beloved pet that dies.

``It’s an investment, just like money in the bank,″ Dr. Ricardo Cordoba said of the samples that owners have him take from their fine breeds and freeze.

He said that in six months he has collected 30 samples and delivered three litters conceived with artificial insemination _ mastiffs, poodles and spaniels.

Spain already had a canine sperm bank, but it is a research facility not open to the public.

Cordoba’s fee for extracting and freezing sperm samples is $160.

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