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Facts behind Stockton animal shelter's kill rate

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton has seen a dramatic increase in the number of dogs arriving at the animal shelter, leading to a sharp rise in the number of animals being killed.

The shelter took in 574 dogs last month, up from 445 dogs in August 2010.  The additional intake led to 466 dogs being euthanized between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1.

RELATED STORY: Stockton shelter defends spike in animal killings

News10 previously reported 466 as the total number of animals put down at the shelter; the number failed to include cats, which brings the actual shelter total to 971.

Shelter supervisor Pat Claerbout, who began Aug. 1, has been targeted by critics for the high number of killings on her watch.

5 Things to do this weekend

5 Things to do this weekend

A celebration of man's best friend, and expo aimed at keeping your family safe and healthy and a big sleepover at the zoo are just some of the things you and your family can do in the Valley this weekend.

Find out what's happening for your family on MomsLikeMe.


Waggin Tails' Readers program available at Cesar Chavez library

Waggin Tails' Readers program available at Cesar Chavez library

STOCKTON - Children of all ages and abilities will have a chance to practice their reading skills and build their reading confidence by participating in the Waggin' Tails Readers at the Cesar Chavez Central Library.

In this program, children read aloud to a trained therapy dog (and his adult volunteer) and, in the process, improve their reading abilities. Adult volunteers will read, with the therapy dogs, to children too young to read on their own. Children who participate in ten Waggin' Tails Readers sessions will get a free book!

Waggin' Tails Readers is being presented by Arc San Joaquin, and made possible through a grant from Junior League of San Joaquin County.

Waggin' Tails Readers will be held every Saturday (began June 4), from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the Children's Program Room of the Cesar Chavez Central Library, located at 605 North El Dorado Street.

Contributor of the Month: SPCA

Contributor of the Month: SPCA

Baby gates are attached to the doorframes of the different offices at the SPCA.

“We all get to bring our dogs to work, which is really great,” SPCA Director of Public Relations Lesley Kirrene said. “It’s beneficial and it keeps you mellow, kinda keeps you down to earth … It’s a great place to work, it’s really a lot of fun.”

The SPCA is a local non-profit organization that took care of over 13,500 animals in 2010. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the taking care of the animals, the SPCA holds different programs, organizes a spay and neuter clinic, places animals in homes and hosts multiple fundraising events throughout the year.

PHOTOS: Inside the SPCA

Kirrene’s job is to make sure the public knows about the SPCA’s different programs.

Ports to host Bark in the Ballpark May 22

Ports to host Bark in the Ballpark May 22

STOCKTON - Get out your leash and give your best puppy-dog eyes! You are going to want to walk your human down to Banner Island Ballpark on Sunday, May 22 for Bark in the Ballpark 2011 sponsored by B92Nine and Sunny 102 FM!

Dogs get in to the ballpark for free when they arrive with a human in possession of a ticket for the Sunday, May 22 game. Ports Pooches receive the royal treatment all game long, beginning as soon as they walk through the gates on the first base side of the ballpark, starting with a special dog food giveaway for all the pups in attendance.

Dogs will take in the action along the right field line, in designated doggie sections 117-121; one of the best areas in the ballpark to catch a fly ball! Dogs will also have the opportunity to participate in several in-game promotions and activities, including a pregame doggie parade!

Bark in the Ballpark is not just a day for the dogs however!

Reptiles will be on display April 7

Reptiles will be on display April 7

STOCKTON - On Thursday, April 7, two area libraries will showcase Python Ron's Reptile Kingdom. The program will feature live animals and introduce patrons to the world of reptiles, spiders, and insects. Python Ron will perform at the Maya Angelou Branch Library at 3:30 p.m. and at the M.K. Troke Branch Library at 5:30 p.m.

Both programs are free and patrons are encouraged to come and learn about these fascinating animals. A display of books featuring reptiles, spiders and insects will be available for patron selection. Continue learning about animals of all kinds by checking out books, reviewing online databases, and searching the Internet - all for free at your local public library!

This free program is provided through the generosity of the Stockton Friends of the Library. Maya Angelou Branch Library is located at 2324 Pock Lane in Stockton and M.K.

Think your pet is cuter than this?

Think your pet is cuter than this?

News10 viewer Kim sent in her photo of Pixie.

Think your pet is cuter? Send us a photo and the name of your community to writer@news10.net and we'll feature your furry family member!