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Saving lives, one video at a time

in Animals

Peter Carlos, RVT, has been a veterinary technician for the past decade and works at the Taylor ER Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Turlock, California. Nearly 4 years ago, his path intertwined with the bright and bubbly Jaycee Leonardo, who joined the team as an assistant at just 16 years old.

Not so long ago, the duo combined forces in an unexpected way and have since become social media sensations within veterinary medicine.

“We became such great friends working together and are constantly joking around. We think the same things are funny and have the same sense of humor. We sing, dance, and make work fun,” says Leonardo.

Carlos agrees. “We do have an age gap, but our friendship really grew from liking and laughing at the same things. We just make work fun, so the stress of daily veterinary medicine doesn’t burn us out.”

At the height of the pandemic last year, the pair started an account on TikTok, a newly popular (at that time) video-sharing app. It was a slow day at the clinic when Carlos decided he wanted them to perform the viral “foot shake dance challenge” that had been spreading like wildfire among the medical community. After posting that video, they decided TikTok was something they wanted to pursue and continued to post.

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in Animals/School

Turlock Christian preschoolers and high school students came together for a fun-filled event on Thursday as members of the Eagles’ Future Farmers of America chapter brought their animals over for a petting zoo. 

Between the two TC preschool campuses, over 150 students were able to touch and learn about chickens, rabbits, goats and even a dairy calf. The petting zoo was just one of many ways the TC FFA chapter has stayed busy this past school year, in addition to their annual banquet, fundraisers and even a dress up week for National FFA Week earlier this year.

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Denair Fire rescues cat from house fire

in Accident/Animals/News

Three pets died in a house fire Monday evening in Denair, but firefighters were able to save the life of one cat.

The fire was reported at 4:59 p.m. Monday in the 4000 block of Katella Drive.

Firefighters from the Denair Fire Department arrived at the scene and found smoke and flames coming out of the home. Crews made an interior attack on the fire and were quickly able to contain the spread and keep the flames from burning more of the home.

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Animal Services still taking names to adopt rescued dogs

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The Turlock Animal Services has room on their list for any individuals interested in adopting one of the 49 dogs recently rescued from a Turlock home.

Turlock Animal Services started compiling a list on Tuesday of people interested in adopting one of the dogs and by the end of the day the list had 22 names, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley. Animal Services will continue to take names for the list until they reach about 50.

The dogs were all recued from a Turlock home on May 11. The resident told animal services that the dogs were believed to be strays that were found around town and brought back to the residence. Many of the dogs were not spayed or neutered and the pack began to grow as puppies were born.

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49 dogs rescued from Turlock home

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A tip to the Turlock Police Department’s Animal Services unit led to the discovery of 49 dogs living outdoors at a Turlock residence on Tuesday.

The Turlock resident told animal services the dogs were believed to be strays that were found around town and brought back to the residence. Many of the dogs were not spayed or neutered and the pack began to grow as puppies were born.

The Turlock Municipal Code allows for three dogs at a home. The resident agreed to surrender the 49 dogs and they were collected by animal services on Wednesday.

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Turlock Firefighters Rescue Dog From Burning Car

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — Firefighters worked quickly to pull a dog out of a burning car in Turlock over the weekend.

The fire happened Sunday afternoon. Turlock Fire says their crews responded to a vehicle fire along the 1300 block of W. Main Street and were soon alerted that a dog was stuck in the car.

Crews attacked the flames and then started smashing out windows to try and get the dog.

As seen in dash camera video released by the fire department, a firefighter smashes out the driver’s side window and reaches inside. The little dog is then pulled out and handed off to safety.

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Police rescue dogs from Turlock homeless camp

in Animals

Eleven dogs were rescued from a homeless encampment in Turlock on Monday after they were found emaciated and living in their own excrement, according to the Turlock Police Department.

The 11 dogs were being kept by Amber Gehl in a minivan parked at a homeless encampment off Glenwood Avenue, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The Turlock Animal Shelter has taken custody of all the dogs and is in the process of getting them care and treatment.

Animal control officers were told of the dogs by employees at the nearby Travelodge, who had noticed them at the encampment.

As the animal control officers approached, they saw Gehl trying to hide the dogs, Parmley said.

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Stanislaus County family rescues fox cub stuck in gardening wire

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — A Stanislaus County family stepped up Wednesday to help a fox in need.

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center shared some photos of an injured fox Wednesday. The family has been trying to save the fox cub for months after discovering it had become entangled in gardening wire.

Because the fox cub was growing, its body grew around the wire, wildlife officials said.

Thankfully, the family was finally able to capture the cub and take it to the wildlife center.

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Local animal shelter lowering ‘kill’ rate

in Animals

The Stanislaus Animal Services Agency (SASA) has made great strides to reducing the euthanization of pets that come into its shelter, its executive director told members of the Ceres City Council on Monday, but unwanted pets continue to be a problem.

Annette Patton delivered her annual report, which also contained mostly good news about declining euthanasia rates. The city Ceres is a member of the agency’s Joint Powers Authority (JPA), along with Stanislaus County and the cities of Hughson, Modesto, Waterford and Patterson. The cities of Turlock, Oakdale, Newman and Riverbank have their own animal control services.

“This report brings the highest live release rate in all of Stanislaus Animal Services history,” said Patton. “I’ve said that for four years straight now but it’s true.”

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March library events feature animals, both prehistoric and modern

in Animals/Education

While Turlock Library will only be open for a couple of weeks in March before closing down for the start of renovations, there are still many activities for readers of all ages to participate in this month.

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 4. This month's selection is “The Husband's Secret,” by Liane Moriarty. Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

Children can come into the library between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 4 and read to a four-legged furry friend. This program gives children a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere in which to practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog for 15 minutes. No sign-ups necessary. First come, first served.

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