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Stockton Animal Shelter policies change after investigation

STOCKTON, CA - Policy changes were enforced at the Stockton Animal Shelter after a police investigation found that some procedures were not following the law.

Earlier this year, police began their investigation into the shelter after multiple complaints reported that the shelter's procedures did not give people the opportunity to adopt the animals, Officer Joe Silva said.

Shelter director Pat Claerbout came under fire after documents showed that the shelter euthanized 971 animals in one month. Several months later, other documents showed that 515 animals were euthanized between September and November 2011 on the very same day they were brought in.

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Pit bull killed with steak knife to stop attack on girl

STOCKTON - A family member was forced to stab their pitbull with a steak knife after it attacked a 3-year-old-girl.

According Lt. Phil George of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's office, around 9 p.m. Saturday, a 3-year-old girl was able to get outside through a sliding glass door and into the backyard where a family gathering was going on. The family pitbull was spooked by the running child and latched onto the girl's head.

The family saw this happening and could not get the dog to let go. Lt. George says someone then pulled out a steak knife and stabbed the dog to death.

San Joaquin County Animal Services picked up the deceased animal and the dog will be tested for rabies.

The 3-year-old girl was air lifted to the UC Davis Medical Center.  She was released from the hospital on Sunday. 

The incident happened in the 2000 block of Alcazar Way in North Stockton. No criminal charges are expected.

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

Christmas comes early for animals at Stockton shelter

STOCKTON, CA - Thanks to generous donations from a number of humanitarians, dogs and cats at the Stockton animal shelter will be a little more comfortable this winter.

According to officer Pete Smith, of the Stockton Police Dept., the shelter received enough in cash donations recently to purchase 35 new beds for shelter animals.  Shelter officials said they would order more once workers see how well the beds work out.

In addition to cash, many in the community also donated blankets, towels and other needed items to the shelter, according to Smith.

Unfortunately, the shelter is still overcrowded.  Therefore, while any donations are surely welcomed by the strays, the best gift anyone could give would be that of a new home.