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Rescue Dogs — and a Rabbi — Help Prisoner Find Redemption

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VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA — Soon after Jon Grobman was released from prison, where he had once thought he would die, he headed back inside voluntarily — this time with canine sidekicks.

Grobman was returning as the newest hire of a nonprofit group, Paws for Life K9 Rescue, that had been instrumental in his own long and difficult road to redemption.

He won’t easily forget the words of the judge who sentenced him to life without parole. “If I felt that you had any promise to ever amount to anything in your life, I wouldn’t give you this sentence,” Grobman recalled the judge saying.

The takeaway, Grobman said, was that “he determined I had no value to anyone or anything in this world.” Sixteen years later, his voice still shakes from the memory.
Raised in a nonobservant Jewish family in the affluent Bay Area town of Hillsborough, California, Grobman had been in trouble for years. He’d begun experimenting with drugs at a young age, continuing as he struggled with emotional issues. When his parents sent him to a child psychologist as a teen, the doctor molested him (along with many other young boys, including several Jewish victims, over the span of decades).

Stealing to fund his drug habit into adulthood, Grobman continued to get in trouble with the law. In 2005 he ran afoul of California’s “three strikes” law, which suggests a 25-years-to-life sentence for anyone convicted of three felonies.

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New Cats, Dogs, Pets Up For Adoption In Suisun City Area

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Want to add a furry friend to your family? Look no further than these Suisun City animal shelters for a pet available for adoption. Many facilities are still working to fulfill adoptions and place pets in their forever home.

Over 6 million pets and other companion animals are surrendered or taken in each year by animal pounds nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. However, only around half of all animals are adopted each year, according to ASPCA data. If you’re on a search for a lovable new four-legged companion, consider starting at a local adoption agency like Solano County Sheriffs Office, where Harold the duck is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed in appropriate homes.

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Suisun City: Cats, Dogs, Pets Up For Adoption At Area Shelters

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Looking to add a new member to your family? Look no further than these Suisun City animal shelters for a pet available for adoption. Many animal shelters in Suisun City and environs are still working to fulfill adoptions.

Across California, there are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages without a home — many of whom are located near you. If you’re on a search for an adorable new fur child, consider looking around at a local animal pound like Solano County Sheriffs Office, where Marc the cat is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed.

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Barking Meow cares for your pets when you can’t

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With COVID restrictions easing and people going back and forth to work again and traveling for long-awaited vacations, one group of citizens has been shaken up — household pets.

That’s where Barking Meow Pet Solutions, a pet sitting service for the dogs and cats of Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun, Travis Air Force Base, and Vacaville, steps in.

“For the past four or five months, it has steadily become like a pre-COVID of our regulars,” said Jennifer Henson, co-owner of the business with her husband, Brian. “They are going back to work a little bit more. For the last two months where it lifted pretty much everywhere, that’s where the boom in vacationers has taken over.”

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Napa Valley Pets Who Need A Home: Pickles, Clyde, Eliana & More

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Want to add to your family and give back to the Napa Valley community at the same time? Then you should consider adopting a dog, cat or other animal from a local shelter. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, facilities in Napa Valley and environs have dogs, cats and other animals ready and waiting for someone to take them home.

Across California, there are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages, sizes and breeds without a home — and many of them are located near you. In the search for your new fur child, consider looking around at a local facility like Whiskers Tails And Ferals, where Flo the cat is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed in appropriate homes.

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Suisun City Pets Who Need A Home: Meet Binx, Sylvester, Harvey & More

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Do you want to add to your family and make a positive impact on the Suisun City community at the same time? Maybe it’s the right time to adopt a pet! Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many shelters are still working to fulfill adoptions.

Across California, there are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages and sizes without a home — and many are located not too far from you. For those looking to adopt, a great place to start your search for a lovable new fur child is at Solano County Sheriffs Office, where Harvey the cat is waiting patiently, or another local animal shelter. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed.

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Two bear sightings reported in northern Tracy

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A bear has recently been spotted roaming around crops, trees and the vast farmland in northern Tracy, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While it might be alarming to some, the department says it has a plan.

“We’re aware that the bear is out there. We care about the bear and we want to keep the bear safe and we want the bear to go back to its original habitat,” said Ken Paglia, a spokesperson with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Paglia told KCRA 3 that a bear was spotted near Union Island on Sunday and Monday, and that it could be the same animal recently seen in the Bay Area.

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4-H, FFA youth show off livestock at Solano County Fair

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VALLEJO — Buddy the steer was a bit aggravated prior to Thursday’s Solano County Fair Livestock Show. His 16-year-old handler Maritza Partida simply stared into his eyes and his anger immediately subsided.

“I just try and get him to look at me and listen to me because there is a lot of noise all-around,” said Partida, representing Dixon Ridge 4-H.

Asked if she is a “steer whisperer,” Partida just laughed with a big smile and said, “I wish.”

Partida was one of six 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America youth participating this year with their beef cattle. There were many more participants in poultry (chickens, quail and turkeys), rabbits, swine, goats and sheep with judging taking place inside and outside the livestock center.

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Solano board supports federal workweek standard for sheep, goat herders

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FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday supporting the federal 48-hour workweek standard for sheep and goat herders.

The unanimous vote was part of the board’s consent agenda and was brought to the supervisors for consideration by Chairman John Vasquez, a supporter of Superior Farms, the largest lamb processing facility on the West Coast. There were no comments.

It pushes back against an agriculture overtime law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016, and will reduce the pay of herders by as much as 50%. That increase, advocates of using the federal standard claim, was an unintended result of the law.

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Unwelcomed Guest: Family Goat Killed By Bear In Solano County

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SOLANO COUNTY (CBS13) – The Flores ranch in rural Solano County was quiet Wednesday afternoon, but they had a rude and ravaging ruckus that happened at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

“I thought it was probably like a cat or something, but I was told it was one of the goats. And well my dad went outside and he said it was a bear. I was like ‘Oh, my God!’ ” Maritza Flores said.

A bear crashed into their backyard, attacking and killing one of their family goats. Some were frightened.

“I know my dad was, but I wasn’t because I kept my distance. And it didn’t seem like it was going to attack us so it’s going to be fine,” Flores said.

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