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PHOTOS: Puppy rescued from Stockton sewer drain

STOCKTON, CA - Curiosity may have killed the cat, but a 5 week-old puppy's plunge down an uncapped sewer pipe almost did it in Wednesday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Puppy rescued from drain

Owner Amelie Johnson and her family had moved into their Swain Rd home just three weeks ago and didn't know the county forgot to cap a hidden sewer drain until Johnson's daughter heard whimpering from inside.

"We were panicked," said Johnson. "We didn't know if it could drown down there."

The puppy managed to crawl 12 feet through the piping and into the neighbor's sewer.

Johnson said she first called San Joaquin County Animal Control, but the department told her it couldn't remove animals from drains.

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.

Kids fish free at Catfish Derby

Kids fish free at Catfish Derby

San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will host the 27th Annual Catfish Derby on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Oak Grove Regional Park. Gates open at 6:15 a.m.

Event competition is open to everyone. Kids age 15 years and younger fish FREE at Oak Grove’s 10-acre lake during the event. Nearly 3,000 lbs. of catfish will be planted prior to the derby, with Oak Grove Lake closed to fishing on Friday, June 4.

'World Famous' Lipizzaner Stallions to perform in Stockton June 17

'World Famous' Lipizzaner Stallions to perform in Stockton June 17

STOCKTON - The "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions proudly present their 41st anniversary presentation of the Dancing White Stallions! The performance is scheduled for Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stockton Arena.

Tickets for the event go on sale Monday, May 23. Prices are $31.50, $27.50 and $24.50 for general admission. Youth and senior tickets are also available. Purchase them online at www.stocktontickets.com, by phone at (209) 373-1700 or in person at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office, 248 West Fremont Street.

Over the years, 25 million people throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Hawaii have seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle. The Lipizzaner Stallions have galloped boldly out of the pages of over 400 years of history.

Lorikeets! return to Micke Grove Zoo April 30

Lorikeets! return to Micke Grove Zoo April 30

STOCKTON - Some of the world’s most beautiful parrots are headed back to Lodi this summer as the popular "Lorikeets!" exhibit returns to Micke Grove Zoo beginning Saturday, April 30. The exhibit will end its five-month run on Sunday, October 2.

Like last year, these brightly-colored and noisy birds will be housed at the zoo’s temporary Lorikeet Adventure area, an open-air aviary designed for public interaction. Uniquely adapted to be nectar feeders, the lorikeets can interact with visitors who will be able to purchase small cups of food for the birds. Once inside the enclosure, visitors may experience the birds landing on arms, hands and even heads as lorikeets are attracted to the food.

Entry into "Lorikeets!" is included in the price of Zoo admission. Adult admission is $4, admission for youth ages three to 17 years is $2. Children two years and under are free. Cups of lorikeet nectar will be available for $1.

"Lorikeets!" will be open from 10:00 a.m.