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New Placer County animal shelter could cost $23.6M

PLACER COUNTY, CA - People love animals, but how much should taxpayers pay to take care of them?

The current Placer County Animal Shelter is more than 40 years old and less than 10,000 square feet, but updating it won't be cheap.

A North Auburn field is set to be the future home of a new 35,000 square foot facility, but the $23.6 million price tag has some in Placer County scratching their heads.

FACEBOOK: Fans soundoff about the animal shelter's price tag

The Placer County Board of Supervisors had similar concerns, but after questioning those in charge of the project, the board voted unanimously to move forward and start accepting bids to build the new facility.

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.

Rescued Nevada City bear cubs returned to nature

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Two bear cubs rescued from a wildfire near Nevada City last summer were returned to the wild Thursday.

An environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was moving the hibernating pair to a den within 75 mniles of Nevada City, past Truckee, according to Tom Millham, spokesman for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. That den could be a hollowed-out tree or dog igloo where the cubs will continue to hibernate until spring.

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Open Letter to My Dog

Open Letter to My Dog

Momservation: The first ingredient in Humble Pie is cleaning up someone else’s poop.

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In the ongoing effort to change my perspective to a positive one, become grateful for the little things, and not waste energy hanging onto anger and disappointment I have turned to an expert in these matters.

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A Sacramento pug rescue group is reaching out to animal lovers in hopes of providing a much needed surgery for one of their precious pugs.  

Eight year-old Mija (Mee-ha) is a playful pug who loves to snuggle. She was rescued by PugSavers, a Northern California pug rescue group, after her owner, who loved her dearly couldn't afford special care for her diabetes. Mija's foster family has been taking great care of her until she finds her forever home, but recently her condition has worsened causing blindness in both of her eyes. 

It has been recommended by a specialist that both of Mija's eyes be removed to help with her diabetes and alleviate what has now become a painful condition.

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