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Mini-horse rescued from Ceres canal

CERES, Calif. - A mini-horse was rescued from an irrigation canal Saturday morning.

A security officer with Turlock Irrigation found the 4-foot female horse trapped in a canal on the 4400 block of Crowslanding Road around 8:51 a.m., Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Michael Lillie said.

When fire crews responded to the scene, they found the horse stuck in the canal with about a foot of water. Lillie said the sides of the canal were too steep for the horse to climb out on her own.

About a quarter-mile down from where the horse was found, firefighters found a ledge that would allow the horse to get out safely.

Lillie said a couple of firefighters got into the canal with the horse, tied a rope around her and helped her climb out of the canal; it took crews 15 minutes to free the animal.

The horse suffered some scuffed up hooves from trying to climb up from the canal on her own, but was otherwise unharmed.

Mandatory Rabies Reporting

Mandatory Rabies Reporting

Stanislaus County, CA – Recent concerns have circulated in regard to the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency intending to force veterinarians to disclose whether dogs they are treating are licensed or not. It was decided that mandatory reporting will not be implemented.   

The Stanislaus Animal Services Agency recently announced their desire to discuss the topic of mandatory rabies vaccine reporting at the Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association meeting.  The proposed mandatory rabies reporting was to protect public health and also to pursue and enforce dog licensing.  The subject was discussed at the recent Association meeting.  Attendees all strongly supported responsible pet ownership and the importance of vaccination.  However, at the meeting it was decided that rabies vaccine reporting should continue unchanged as a voluntary program, and not a mandatory program, in Stanislaus County.

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

Local county fairs still going strong

Local county fairs still going strong

Local county fairs are still going strong in the Central Valley despite evolving demographics, lost funding, and shifting run dates. In the Central Valley, the San Joaquin County Fair and the Stanislaus County Fair have changed with the times to maintain their popularity throughout the recession.

Kidz Club helps make fair educational

Kidz Club helps make fair educational


The new Kidz Club at the Stanislaus County Fair is a great chance for children to learn about the fair and to engage with their parents through problem solving and project building.

“The Stanislaus County Fair has a crucial educational component to our community,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokeswoman for the fair. “Kidz Club is geared toward promoting education with parents, while children are having fun at the fair.”

Parents can register children 4 to 12 years old through the fair’s website at www.stancofair.com. The first 500 children to sign up for Kidz Club will receive a free tote bag filled with goodies, two carnival ride tickets, and passport postcard to “travel” around the fair.