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Turlock horses face slaughter despite law

TURLOCK, CA - Despite a California law banning the sale of horse meat for human consumption, a herd of horses in Turlock may wind up at a Mexican slaughter house.

Tracy Wheelock was excited when about 40 horses, including a mule and some mustangs, showed up in a Turlock pasture at Mitchell and Clayton Roads. She thought someone had rescued the animals.

But she learned the animals would soon face death when she talked to the property owner. 

"The gentleman (said) these horses are headed to slaughter," Wheelock said. "Even though we've sold a few of them, we're going to put (the others) out to pasture so we can fatten them up."

It's a common practice around the U.S. according to Jennifer Fearing, the California Senior State Director of the Humane Society of the United States. She said hundreds of thousands of horses are shipped to slaughter houses in Mexico and Canada every year.

'Paws for Cause' 5K Walk set for May 1

'Paws for Cause' 5K Walk set for May 1

TURLOCK - On Sunday, May 1, bring your furry companion to participate in Turlock's Paws for a Cause 5K Walk at Sunnyview Dog Park, 500 South Berkeley Avenue. The event will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Turlock Animal Shelter.

An $8 minimum donation per dog is requested if you register early. For day of event registration, a $10 minimum donation is requested.

Animals will be on hand for adoption, as well as a costume contest, raffles, games and more! Bring a blanket and have a picnic while meeting other local pet owners.

Visit www.facebook.com/turlockspawsforacause to register or for more information. 

Bullet-proof vests for police dogs?

Bullet-proof vests for police dogs?

Thor, a police dog at the Antioch K-9 unit, received a bullet-proof vest on Tuesday along with the 3 other dogs.  K-9 Thor was shot by a suspect last summer and survived.

There are a new vest design that is custom-fit for each dog and allows them to move with greater freedom and mobility than the old-style bullet-proof vests. 

Do you think the new vests will help our furry 4-legged officers?

City puts bite on unlicensed dogs

City puts bite on unlicensed dogs

City Puts Bite On Unlicensed Dogs
Oakdale Leader
The City of Oakdale is working on bringing thousands of dogs into compliance – by requiring their owners to license them. Oakdale police officers are knocking on doors to educate people and issue citations to those who haven't licensed ...

Stanislaus County Fair livestock exhibitor deadlines approaching

Stanislaus County Fair livestock exhibitor deadlines approaching

TURLOCK - Deadlines for independent junior livestock exhibitors are approaching quickly for the 2011 Stanislaus County Fair.

The deadline for Independent Exhibitors entering Market Beef at the Stanislaus County Fair is Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m. The Deadline for Independent Exhibitors entering market sheep, pigs, goats, breeding livestock, rabbits and poultry is Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m. No online entries will be accepted for independent exhibitors. All entries and required information must be turned into the Fair office in person or by mail by the above deadlines.

For more information, such as registration forms and a list of the complete rules and requirements, please stop by the Stanislaus County Fair office at 900 N. Broadway, Turlock, or call (209) 668-1333, extension 316.

The 2011 Stanislaus County Fair opens for its 100th anniversary celebration Friday, July 15 for a 10-day run.

Oakdale Animal Shelter to host pet adoption event March 12

Oakdale Animal Shelter to host pet adoption event March 12

OAKDALE - Looking for a nice canine companion to keep you company on the couch? Or maybe an energetic jogging partner? Volunteers with the Oakdale Animal Shelter will hold an adoption event Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Walgreens on East F Street.

Come and meet some of the lovable adoptable pets from the Oakdale Shelter. You can view some of the pets ahead of time online.

For more details about animals listed on the Petfinder site, please email Betsie Corwin at efcorwin@sbcglobal.net.

Livestock changes for Stanislaus County Fair

Livestock changes for Stanislaus County Fair

TURLOCK - Some changes are being made in the livestock department for the 2011 Stanislaus County Fair. This year's fair will kick off on Friday, July 15 for a 10-day run.