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And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the

Teen arrested in connection with West Sac cat burning

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly lighting a cat on fire in West Sacramento on May 2.

Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Dept. said Yolo County Animal Control responded to a call of a cat on fire on the 100 block of Circle Ave. on May 2.  Arriving personnel took the cat to UC Davis Veterinary Hospital for treatment, where the cat was later euthanized due to the severity of its burns.

Veterinarians treating the cat determined a possible accelerant had been used to burn the animal, said Sockman.

Despite a lack of any witnesses or supplied information, a West Sacramento police detective was able to establish leads which led to the arrest of the boy nearly a month later.

The boy's identity was not released.

Purina's video games purr-fect for cat lovers

St. LOUIS - Here, at Nestlé Purina PetCare headquarters, Friskies product manager Shaun Belongie helps create eight flavors of cat food each year.

Firehouse Announces Facebook Fundraiser

Firehouse Announces Facebook Fundraiser

The Firehouse has partnered with the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a very special Facebook fundraiser! From April 9-13, the Sacramento SPCA will receive a $1 donation from The Firehouse for every new “like” the restaurant receives on its Facebook page.

Please encourage your family, friends and co-workers to participate!

Sacramento City Animal Shelter launches campaign to save lives

SACRAMENTO - Utilizing a combination of dedication, innovation, and a never-say-never approach, the Sacramento City Animal Shelter on Front St. has set out on a campaign to save the lives of thousands of animals.

"We like to call it the 'Let Live Campaign'," says acting shelter manager Gina Knepp. "We don't like to use the term 'No Kill' because there's such a misconception out there of what No Kill really means."

Generally defined, a No Kill shelter does not refer to a location that never euthanizes an animal, but rather one that euthanizes if an animal is too sick or too aggressive to be adopted, and never as a means of population control.

"Euthanization means merciful killing," explain Knepp. "I understand putting down an animal that's so sick they can't get up to eat. What I'm not okay with is putting an animal down because nobody has adopted it yet."