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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

Wild animals get tunnel under Highway 50

PLACERVILLE, CA - Hitting a deer, or any other wild animal at high speed can be a very dangerous prospect.

"It can be disastrous for humans and animals," Contractor Doug Veerkamp said.

Veerkamp's company, Doug Veerkamp General Engineering, Inc, is completing work ahead of schedule on a tunnel under Highway 50, near the El Dorado Road exit, that officials hope wildlife will begin using to get to the other side of the highway.

An eight foot tall fence will help funnel the animals to the tunnel entrance.

"From Red Hawk Casino up through Missouri Flat Road, a lot of deer are killed along here," Veerkamp said.

And the problem isn't just deer.

"It could be a deer; it could be a bear; it could be a mountain lion; it could be a raccoon," CalTrans employee Deanna Shoopman said.

Heroic pit bull rescues owner from oncoming train

Boston (CNN) - A Massachusetts pit bull saved her owner from an oncoming freight train, risking life and limb, to pull her off the tracks.

The woman survived, but the dog is severely injured.

David Lanteigne has adored this pit bull since recuing Lilly from a shelter to be a companion for his mom who suffers from alcoholism.

"We saved her life and she saved my mom's life," he said.

It was midnight last Wednesday when his mom fell unconscious on train tracks in Shirley.

"Lilly was either pushing or pulling my mother off the tracks," said Lanteigne. "There wasn't enough time and that just prior to the train making impact Lilly had intentionally gotten between the train and my mother and had taken the hit."

The entire hit. Eight-year-old Lilly suffered severe trauma. David's mother was uninjured.

[Reporter]: "Will this dog be able to walk again?"

April is National Pet First Aid Month

April is National Pet First Aid Month
Basic First Aid for Pets


Owners that have a basic knowledge of pet first aid are better able to give their pet a fighting chance in an emergency. Basic first aid skills can help keep your pet alive, alleviate pain and suffering and prevent further harm when transporting the animal to the veterinarian or hospital.

Don’t panic, protect yourself from injury, prepare in advance
When faced with an injured or severely ill pet, take a moment and assess the situation. Decide if there is danger of further injury to the animal or first aid giver. Ensure that you will not be injured, either by the surroundings or the animal. Determine if the pet needs to be moved immediately. How you approach an injured pet safely is important. Animals may respond to pain and fear instinctively and react with aggression. You cannot assume a docile pet will not bite.

PHOTOS: World's smallest dog now a whooping 6 ounces

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Tiny, tiny "I am a Survivor" Beyonce is making progress.

Beyonce, who weighed just under 1 ounce when she was born a month ago, now weighs almost 7 ounces and is beginning to walk, reports her caretakers at The Grace Foundation of Northern California, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center.

PHOTOS: Beyonce at 4 weeks old

Beyonce is healthy too, according to her veterinary check-up, even if she has a way to go to catch up to her siblings which tip the scales at more than 1 pound, 10 ounces each.

Beyonce fit into a spoon at birth and according to the World Records Academy, is the world's smallest dog to survive.