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World Rabies Day Honored September 29

World Rabies Day Honored September 29

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary welcomes new cougar

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary welcomes new cougar

The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary has introduced to the community its newest member, a cougar named Echo.

Echo, who is about 1 year old, came from a facility in Arizona after being held captive as an illegal pet. Authorities became aware of the cougar after finding it for sale online at craigslist.org. READ MORE...

Does anyone know this dog?

Does anyone know this dog?

This Australian Cattle Dog was rescued from the bottom of a cliff at Lake Natomas a week ago.

At approximately 7:00 PM on Sunday August 26, a correctional sergeant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation noticed the dog stuck on a ledge at the bottom of the cliffs of Lake Natoma near the Folsom Lake Crossing.

Personnel from the Folsom Fire Department, responding to the call and deployed a rescue boat to save the animal.

It is believed the female Queensland Heeler mix may have fallen into the water upstream near the Folsom Lake Crossing. She was very weak when rescued but is currently recovering at the City of Folsom Animal Shelter.

Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact Folsom Police Animal Control Officer Cindy Walden at (916) 439-2268.

Source: Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department

U.S. rescuers overwhelmed by abandoned horses

LINCOLN, NB (AP) - Horse rescue groups say they are struggling to care for horses abandoned in the drought, and some have stopped taking in more.

Abandonments spiked after the recession hit more than four years ago, but rescue groups say the drought made the problem worse by burning up pastures and sending hay prices skyrocketing.

They say owners who had held on to their horses are giving them up now.

Advocates say no one tracks how many horses are abandoned, but the Washington, D.C.-based Unwanted Horse Coalition estimated the number at 170,000 to 180,000 per year before the drought.

With fewer people buying horses and sanctuaries filling up, Iowa Horse Council President Bill Paynter says, some owners are desperate. He says, "There's no place to go with a horse you can't feed."

Grace Foundation brings attention to their financial plight Monday

Grace Foundation brings attention to their financial plight Monday

The Grace Foundation, who filed a $20 million lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America last week, brought some horses to a Wells Fargo bank branch Monday to bring attention to their plight.

According to a press release generated by this El Dorado County non-profit animal rescue,  it is "on the verge of bankruptcy and the horses that are at the center of this tragedy are in jeopardy of being returned to their previous owner who is now facing 65 felony counts of abuse and neglect."

The foundation added that they uncovered legal documents revealing “a ten-month trail of lies and deceit perpetrated by the banks and their legal intermediary in a zealous rush to increase their foreclosure assets. The documents not only prove the duplicity perpetrated by Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America representatives, they also reveal a callous disregard for the lives of these innocent victims of the foreclosure frenzy.