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Calif. coyote hunting contest to proceed as planned

Calif. coyote hunting contest to proceed as planned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Despite pleas from animal welfare advocates, the California game commission has declined to intervene in a controversial coyote hunting contest this weekend in wolf country.

But members of the commission did ask at their meeting on Wednesday whether they had the authority to regulate the contests in the future.

On Saturday and Sunday, hunters will fan across Modoc County in northeast California to see who can kill the most coyotes in a contest sponsored by a local gun club. The winner gets a silver buckle.

Animal welfare advocates argued before the Fish and Game Commission that the hunt is inhumane. They also said coyotes help control vermin, playing an important role in the ecosystem.

Margo Parks of the California Cattlemen's Association said coyotes cause $4 million in damage annually.

Hartz issues recall on dog treats

Hartz Mountain Corp., who makes a variety of pet products, has issued a voluntary recall of two lines of dog treats.

According to KABC Los Angeles, the Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists with Chicken for dogs were recalled due to "trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics residue found in samples of the products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said two-thirds of the products tested were free of the residue, but the lines were recalled as a precautionary measure.

"The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health risk to pets at the levels detected, and it's highly unlikely that the antibiotics are related to reports of illnesses the agency has received related to jerky pet treats in the past," according to KABC.

The following products are included in the recall:

Family's lost dog adopted out in microchip mix-up

RIO LINDA, CA - EXCLUSIVE: Christina Kimble is trying to get her family dog back after losing her several weeks ago.

Kimble says in 2008 she adopted Miley from a family friend and was given a microchip certificate, just in case the dog was ever lost.

A few weeks ago, Miley got loose from behind her father's gate at his Rio Linda home and went missing.

A passerby found Miley and took the dog to the Rio Linda Veterinary Clinic where receptionist Julie Hammons ran the microchip on the lost dog.

"The microchip was not registered to an owner, but that it was placed at Homeward Bound," said Hammons.

A volunteer with the golden retriever rescue organization Homeward Bound picked up the dog a short time later and started looking for the dog's owner.



Join RRUFF on Saturday, January 26 from Noon - 2:00 p.m at Pet Food Express inThe Fountains, Roseville for the first RRUFF Quarterly meeting of 2013!

  • BRING YOUR POOCH, TOO!!  There will be doggie & people treats for you to enjoy 
  •  Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital will present a free seminar on "Proper Dental Care For Your Dog" 
  • The RRUFF Board of Directors will present an update  on the dog park plans for 2013 and beyond
  • The 2012 RRUFF Volunteeer of the Year Award  will be presented to that special person who worked so tirelessly during the year on our behalf.
  • Q & A Session

You will have a chance to have your questions answered and to give us your ideas for future enhancements to your dog park located in Johnson-Springview Park at 5480 5th Street in Rocklin.

Pet of the Week- George!

Pet of the Week- George!

Hello George!

An outgoing, playful and curious 11 month-old (American Staffordshire mix) awaits you at the Sacramento SPCA! Like most puppies he is full of energy and enjoys playtime with his people friends, but George is also independent and is learning to explore his surroundings. He would benefit greatly from a patient and affectionate family who will enjoy spending time together.Training classes will teach him some tricks and to gain some confidence, all great things for this growing boy! If George sounds like a great fit for your family, come meet him today at the Sacramento SPCA.

Adoption Fee: $100
Includes neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip and license

Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin Perkins Rd
Sacramento, CA 95828

RRUFF Dog Park in Rocklin will be closed Jan 7-9 for a Special Construction Project

RRUFF Dog Park in Rocklin will be closed Jan 7-9 for a Special Construction Project

RRUFF has an important message for you.  The RRUFF Dog Park located at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin will be temporarily closed from Monday, January 7 through Wednesday, January 9.  The park will re-open Thursday, Jan 10. 

The reason for closure is to begin Phase 1 of a special construction project that will make the dog park more accessible to our disabled park users.   Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, members, donors and other supporters in 2012, RRUFF raised enough money to begin the First phase of this special project that will improve and enhance this wonderful dog park and make it accessible to those who normally would not be able to bring their four-legged companions to socialize and play with other dogs.   

For more information about RRUFF or to to follow our progress, visit our website at www.rruffdogpark.org  You can