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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

Stockton Animal Shelter under fire for euthanasia rates

STOCKTON, CA- Amber Bean of Stockton was frantic when her cat Prayer went missing in March.

"I put posters up and letters in neighbor's mailboxes," Bean said.

A neighbor had picked up her cat, thinking it was feral and took it along with other to the Stockton Animal Shelter. However, Amber was too late when she rushed to the shelter to get Prayer the next day.

"My cat was euthanized the next day, it was horrible," Bean said. "They said he was sick, but he wasn't. He was healthy."

The shelter is required by law to hold stray animals four days, but officials said the hold time can be reduced if the animal appears to be sick.

Shelter director Pat Claerbout came under fire by critics last summer for euthanizing more than 900 animals during the month of August alone; 466 dogs and 505 cats.

Claerbout defends that choice.

Arrest made in Stockton stabbing

STOCKTON, CA - Police have arrested a man in the stabbing death of another man Friday evening.

According to Stockton Police Lt. Rocha, the suspect is Adolph Gutierrez. The victim and Gutierrez were involved in an onging dispute with family members, which resulted in the fight and ultimate stabbing.

The violence took place in the residential neighborhood on the 1300 block of E. Worth Street shortly after 5 p.m.

According to Det. Joseph Silva, one person did not survive and two others were taken to the hospital for treatment Friday.

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Stockton students step up to pay for canine cop

STOCKTON, CA - Students at Lincoln High School in Stockton funded a new canine deputy for the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Through raffles, bake sales and car washes, students from the school's Engineering and Construction Academy raised $9,000.

"I hear a lot of negativity about students today," teacher Jeff Wright said. "They talk about the greatest generation. I'm biased, but these kids are fantastic."

Wright came up with the idea of raising the money. He saw the need two years ago after another sheriff's canine was killed in a raid. He thought the replacement cost would be a couple of thousand dollars. 

Even when Wright learned the cost was close to $9,000, his students were able to pull it off.

Hoss, the new dog, is 17 months old. He joins 11 other dogs in the sheriff's canine unit