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UPCOMING: Wiener (Dog) Nationals - Sacramento Regionals

SACRAMENTO, CA - It's serious for these competitive canines but loads of laughs for their humans.

PHOTOS: 2012 and 2013 participants at Wienerschnitzel Wiener regionals and nationals!

The 18th Annual Wiener Nationals - Sacramento Regionals takes place this Sunday (March 24) at Sleep Train Arena. Registration, which is free, can be done online or at the arena, beginning 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Preliminaries continue all afternoon, with the finale set for halftime during the Sacramento Kings -  Philadelphia 76ers game, around 6 p.m.

Official rules

30th Annual John Lewis Memorial Trail Ride and Dinner

30th Annual John Lewis Memorial Trail Ride and Dinner

Saddle up! Join us for breakfast and lunch and two wonderful trail rides at the lovely Barton Ranch in Sloughhouse, then a big barn party back at the Project R.I.D.E. arena. Benefitting Project R.I.D.E.'s therapeutic recreational horseback riding program for people with special needs, this event is now in its 30th year.
You must bring your own equine for the trail ride. Mules are fine but no stallions please!
Tickets are available now by calling (916) 685-7433.

Trail Ride Only: $75
Dinner Only: $35
Combo Ticket: $100

Looking for Love--Brutus Seeks Baby Mama

Looking for Love--Brutus Seeks Baby Mama

Brutus, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, seeks his true love and future baby mama -- and his owner, Dennis Creter of Rancho Cordova, is hoping a News10.net viewer has the perfect mate for Brutus!

"He's my mother's pet.  She's in a nursing care facility, and I have him now.  I hope to find true love for Brutus, and keep one of his Chihuahua puppies!"

Dennis says Brutus has no pedigree... just lots of love!

"I hope to find him a mate and keep one of his puppies," explains Dennis. "Brutus loves people, but he needs another dog as his companion."

News10.net viewers who have a potential mate for Brutus may post her photo as a Facebook comment at the end of this story.

Brutus seeks true love -- and Dennis wants his puppy! 

 

Breeds blacklisted from Farmer's home insurance coverage

SACRAMENTO, CA - Farmers Insurance says it will no longer cover pit bulls, rottweilers, and certain wolf hybrids under your homeowner's insurance.

"These three breeds account for 25 percent of all dog bite claims and cause more harm when they attack than any other breed," says Erin Freeman, Chief Communications Officer at Farmers.

But animal rescue groups say this unfairly condemns certain breeds and insurance companies should consider coverage on a case-by-case basis.

"You look at the individual dog just like people you can't make judgements about someone just based on an appearance," says Dawn Capp with Chako Pit Bull Rescue.

Farmers says California homeowners will be notified of the change as their policies come up for renewal.

by Brittany Davis Pulley, BDavis-Pulley@news10.net

Calif. coyote hunting contest to proceed as planned

Calif. coyote hunting contest to proceed as planned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Despite pleas from animal welfare advocates, the California game commission has declined to intervene in a controversial coyote hunting contest this weekend in wolf country.

But members of the commission did ask at their meeting on Wednesday whether they had the authority to regulate the contests in the future.

On Saturday and Sunday, hunters will fan across Modoc County in northeast California to see who can kill the most coyotes in a contest sponsored by a local gun club. The winner gets a silver buckle.

Animal welfare advocates argued before the Fish and Game Commission that the hunt is inhumane. They also said coyotes help control vermin, playing an important role in the ecosystem.

Margo Parks of the California Cattlemen's Association said coyotes cause $4 million in damage annually.

Hartz issues recall on dog treats

Hartz Mountain Corp., who makes a variety of pet products, has issued a voluntary recall of two lines of dog treats.

According to KABC Los Angeles, the Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists with Chicken for dogs were recalled due to "trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics residue found in samples of the products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said two-thirds of the products tested were free of the residue, but the lines were recalled as a precautionary measure.

"The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health risk to pets at the levels detected, and it's highly unlikely that the antibiotics are related to reports of illnesses the agency has received related to jerky pet treats in the past," according to KABC.

The following products are included in the recall:

No Baby Mama -- Ever

No Baby Mama -- Ever

Sacramento & Yolo Counties -- Spay Day applications are now being accepted by local animal groups for low-cost spay and neuter services. Cat spaying or neutering is only $15... dogs are $20. Spay Day is a one-day event on Sunday, March 3, with a limited number of vouchers available. Pet owners must complete and return applications requiring income documentation.

Please visit http://www.sacanimal.org to review the guidelines and complete an online application.

Get pets fixed as young as four months old because they start fooling around sooner than we think!