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Keeping your dog safe in the summer heat

SACRAMENTO - As the temperatures continue to go up in the Valley, so do the number of animal cruelty complaints. 

Gina Knepp with the Sacramento City Animal Shelter on Front Street says they typically get 50 to 80 calls per summer from people who witness dogs being locked in hot cars, or being left out in backyards all day long with no shade or shelter.

Knepp says many of the complaints come from the parking lot at Arden Fair Mall, and some of the shopping centers along Broadway.

Many pet owners don't realize that they could be killing their dogs by leaving them inside their cars, and it can happen very quickly.  A car in the full sun is 20 degrees hotter on average inside than the actual temperature outside.  So if it's 80 degrees outside, it can shoot up to 100 plus degrees inside the car in just 30 minutes.

In some cases, animal control officers will break the windows of parked vehicles to rescue the animals.

So darn cute!

So darn cute!

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

2012 Doggy Dash and Bark at the Park Festival, June 9

2012 Doggy Dash and Bark at the Park Festival, June 9

JOIN THE FUN – RAIN OR SHINE!
We’ve placed our order for a nice sunny spring day, so come on down and join us for this year’s 19th Annual Doggy Dash and Bark at the Park Festival, Saturday, June 9 at beautiful William Land Park.

An estimated 5,000 animal enthusiasts plan to gather both with and without their canine companions to raise funds for animals sheltered at the Sacramento SPCA.  For 19 years two- and four-legged participants have attended this event, creating a tradition in Sacramento and transforming Doggy Dash into one of the biggest can’t miss events of the year!

Plan to stay after the Dash for our Bark at the Park Festival where you can enter your canine pal in the Pup Show, high-flying Disc Contest or our ever popular Pug Races!  Visit with pet-friendly businesses, learn about Sacramento area animal rescue organizations, or just have lunch while watching all the action.

Donations pour in for wounded K-9 Bodie

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento police K-9 Bodie is recovering well. He's eating dog food after being on a liquid diet. He is expected to go home with his officer partner/handler Friday.

As veterinary care bills mount for Bodie, donations continue  to come in to the Sacramento police's  K-9  unit.  Thursday alone, two $100 checks arrived. One mystery donor gave $5,000.

" I still wanna cry every time I see him on the news, yesterday seeing him outside with his little caste on," said the anonymous donor.

A  passion and love for dogs moved on woman  to make a donation for Bodie's recovery. The anonymous donor would only show her own dog Jasper on camera. When she learned about Bodie's  injuries, she rushed down to the clinic to help.

"They are people. They're just a different form. They give love unconditionally and we need to show that love to them," said the anonymous donor.

PHOTOS: Bodie on the mend

SACRAMENTO, CA - New pictures of Bodie, the Sacramento police K-9 shot twice last Friday by a car thief suspect, were made available Wednesday.

The 3-year-old German shepherd is recovering from a broken jaw, severely cut tongue and a shattered paw. He had a tracheotomy to help him breathe because his tongue was so swollen from the trauma and there is a cast on his leg. He has had several surgeries, including one Tuesday to remove bullet fragments.

Veterinarians said several days ago Bodie had a 50 percent chance of returning to work and it would be at least three months from now in a best-case scenario. 

K-9 handler Gary Dahl  is familiar with Bodie's road to recovery road. His dog Bandit was shot in the neck two years ago while blocking the escape of an alleged robber. The bullet traveled through Bandit's body, missing vital organs. He was back on the streets doing  police work after surgery and five weeks of recovery.