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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."

Animal Services looking for dog that bit woman


The Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Section, is attempting to locate a biting dog, hopefully preventing further treatment for the victim. 

On March 10, a 21 year- old female UC Davis student was bitten by a 50 pound, Dark Brown, Male Terrier as she tried to pet the dog while he was tied up at the Arboretum on the UC Davis campus.

The Animal Services Section wants to ensure the public understands information regarding this incident is important for rabies prevention because Rabies is a deadly disease. Finding the offending animal may prevent post exposure rabies treatment for the victim. Also, as part of the Rabies Prevention Program it is important to ensure the dog’s license and rabies vaccine are current.

We would also like to remind the public to use caution when petting or approaching any animal with which they are not familiar.

Sacramento City Shelter Kitties Competing in International Competition

Sacramento City Shelter Kitties Competing in International Competition

Invited back by popular demand, Sacramento City Shelter cats are heading for the runway again.  Homeless shelter kitties will be competing at the March Madness International Cat Show this weekend at Cal Expo.  The event will begin Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

The show runs both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to vying for top awards, Sacramento City Shelter cats will be available for adoption.  Offsite adoption events help tremendously in marketing the great work done by shelter staff in showcasing the not so ordinary pets that are available at the local shelter on Front Street.

The show is hosted by Jazzy Cats (http://www.jazzycatshows.com/), the local chapter of The International Cat Association (http://www.tica.org/index.php).