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1st wolf in Calif. in decades returns to Ore.

GRANTS PASS, OR (AP) - Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, has crossed the border back into his home state after spending the last couple of months in Northern California.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that the latest GPS tracking collar data put him in Klamath County on Thursday and in Jackson County at midnight.

OR-7 was the first known wolf in California in 87 years. Just before members of his pack in northeastern Oregon were put under a kill order for preying on livestock, OR-7 lit out for new territory last September.

He has trekked more than 1,000 miles across highways, deserts and mountains, looking for a mate and a new home territory. There have been no livestock attacks confirmed along his path.

Horse injured in collision with SUV on Hwy 49

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A horse was badly injured when it was hit by an SUV on Coloma Rd. near Rattlesnake Bar Rd. in El Dorado County on Wednesday morning.

According to California Highway Patrol reports, the horse suffered a broken leg, but was alive and laying in the road.

No information was provided on the condition of the driver or whether the horse would survive.

Susanville man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

LASSEN COUNTY, CA - A Susanville man charged with animal cruelty pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Dwight Bennett was charged 56 counts of animal cruelty after Lassen County sheriff's deputies found the remains of animals on his property, the Whispering Pines Ranch, in Susanville back in October.

Deputies found decomposed bodies of 28 horses and three dogs, ranging from recent to many years old, the Lassen County Sheriff's Office said.

In April, animal rescue workers removed 20 horses from his property when Bennett relinquished his rights of the animals. The rest of the animals were removed in August.

The animals were taken to the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills for treatment.

Bennett's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m., a Lassen County Superior Court clerk said.

Winter Woof Fest

Winter Woof Fest

Winter Woof Fest

Bring your furry friend for some free “Howliday” fun!  This event features vendors with animal related information, crafts, and holiday items.  Santa Paws will be on hand for pictures ($7 per photo or $10 for photo plus CD.)  Limit of one dog per adult.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Vendor spaces still available $$20), download application at www.crpd.com or call 362-1841 ext. 20.

December 17
11:00-3:00 pm
Cordova Community Center
2197 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670

CONTEST: Announcing the winner of the pet photo sweepstakes!

Congratulations to Harley and his morning face! You are the winner of a $500 photo package from G and G Productions plus a pet goodie bag!

Thank you everyone for sending in your photos! We love all of our News10 My Neighborhood pets!

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