Mike Winters

Placer County Animal Shelter offers variety of services

A Placer County agency sees 250 animals every month and offers a variety of services to them and the community, but not everyone feels its efforts are enough. The Placer County A ...

Auburn woman on mission for leash law after poodle’s death

An Auburn woman’s weekend was turned upside down when her poodle, Lucky, was killed after a pitbull attacked it outside a county park. Auburn resident Delta Wilson-Ricky, 76, s ...

AAARF getting word out about furry friends

The Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation is ready to tackle anything the future brings. In 2010 the mostly volunteer organization, normally known as AAARF, placed 51 dogs and 358 ...

Community steps up to free dog

An Auburn man’s wish to retrieve his “stolen” dog was granted by generous Auburn area residents this week. After reading a letter to the editor submitted by Chris Gidcumb in ...

County puts down pitbulls

Three of four pitbulls that attacked a teen in Downtown Auburn have been euthanized. Mike Winters, program manager of Placer County Animal Services, confirmed Friday that three p ...

No date yet for pitbull euthanasia

County officials are waiting for a signed judge’s order to euthanize three of four pitbulls involved in a Downtown Auburn attack. On Thursday, Mike Winters, program manager for ...

Pitbull trial reveals alleged $10,000 bribe

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on a trial over the fate of four pitbulls. After five months and two trials, the final fate of almost all of the four pi ...

Placer SPCA offers spay, neuter vouchers for pitbulls

In an effort to encourage responsible pet parenting, a Placer animal shelter is offering free birth control. For the month of November, the Placer Society for the Prevention of C ...

Feline face of 49 Fire dies

A cat’s valiant fight to stay alive after being badly burned in the 49 Fire has ended on a sad note. Taken to the Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic Aug. 30 after being found at the ...

49 Fire survivor: Burned, blinded cat purrs for lost owners

The unnamed cat’s paws are red and raw from walking on red-hot embers. Her eyes are singed and closed, their corneas both badly burned. Smoke filled her lungs and she had to be p ...