Archive for the ‘Pets & Animals’ Category

Enjoy the 2024 Contra Costa County Fair May 16-19

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024
Provided courtesy of The Press.

The Contra Costa County Fair will be held at the Contra Costa Event Park, 1201 W. 10th Street in Antioch. For more information visit Contra Costa County Fair 2024 (

Free Pet Vaccination Clinic in Antioch April 13

Saturday, April 6th, 2024

By Antioch Animal Services

#Vaccinate & #Microchip. A huge thanks to Joybound People & Pets (formerly ARF) for providing another free vaccination clinic at our shelter on Saturday April 13th, starting at 9am!

Vaccinations, microchips and food will be available for dogs & cats. Information will be on hand for spay/neuter resources and more.

Please refer to the flyer or click the link for detailed information.

It is first come, first served and open to all Contra Costa County residents.

Our last event was a huge success and people arrived as early as 7am to get a position in line. We can provide limited seating, but please be prepared for a wait following sign in. (Your pets do not have to wait with you for sign up.)

#LoveIsAtTheCornerOf2ndAndL, #CommunityComingTogether #OurVillage #GottaKeepEmVaccinated, #ItsHipToChip

Mountain lion reported in Antioch

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024
Mountain lion seen previously off Lindley Drive. Photo: Antioch Animal Services

By Antioch Animal Services

Mountain Lion sighting at Contra Loma Blvd and Longview Drive. (Not actual photo of most recent sighting)

Please be mindful if you are walking the Mokelumne Trail or have your pets out in their yards. This guy has lived in the area for a while and been seen off and on over the years without incident (pictured off Lindley Drive).

Human encounters with mountain lions are rare and the risk of an attack is infinitely small. You are more likely to drown in your bathtub, be killed by a pet dog, or hit by lightning. If lions had any natural urge to hunt people, there would be attacks every single day. Instead, they avoid us.

But if you live, work, or play in cat country, be alert! Avoid walking alone between dusk and dawn when lions are most active. Keep your children and pets close to you. Never approach or corner a mountain lion (or any wild animal). If you do encounter a mountain lion, STOP. DO NOT RUN. Unlike safety advice for encountering bears, do not act timid or play dead in front of a cat.

Instead: Maintain eye contact. Stand tall. Look bigger by opening your coat or raising your arms. Slowly wave your arms and speak firmly. Throw items at the lion if necessary. Give the cat room and time to move on.

Call 911 if there is a mountain lion attack.

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Oakley man and his dog die in car after striking tree in Antioch

Tuesday, December 26th, 2023

By Lt. Rick Martin, Investigations Bureau, Antioch Police Department

On December 26, 2023, at approximately 2:45 a.m. Antioch Police Officers responded to Wilbur Avenue near the intersection of Apollo Court on a report of a vehicle on fire after having collided into a tree. Officers along with the Contra Costa County Fire Department arrived and were able to extinguish the fire, unfortunately the driver, a 28-year-old male from Oakley and his dog succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

We are withholding the name of the decedent until proper family notifications have been made. It appears speed and alcohol were factors in this incident. No further information will be provided at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant Rick Martin at (925) 779-6972 or the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441.

In Memoriam: Former Antioch Councilman Frank Stone passes at 96

Monday, November 6th, 2023
Former Antioch Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Frank L. Stone, his dog Rambo and the plaque in his honor at the Antioch Animal Services building. Source: Antioch Animal Services

By Antioch Animal Services

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Frank L. Stone at 96 years of age on Wednesday, October 25th in Palm Springs, FL. Frank was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Animal Shelter here at 300 L Street, which was dedicated to him in 1994.

Frank, a Tennessee native, lived in Antioch during his career and retirement from PG&E. Frank was an active member of the community and a huge animal lover from his dog Rambo (pictured) to his last dog, Rita, Frank was never without a canine companion. He was a part of the Antioch City Council and Mayor Pro Tem for two terms. He was also a founding member of the Association of Responsible Citizens formed in 1978 and a founding member and first Treasurer for Friends of Animal Services formed in 1979.

In 1994 during the dedication of the new Animal Shelter, former president of Friends of Antioch Animal Services, Barbara Sobalvarro, fondly recounts what her “friend” Frank said, “A City that does not care about its children, older people or animals, is a City without a soul.”

We are so thankful for Frank’s service to his Country as a naval officer, to his City as a Councilman and to the people and the animals of Antioch as a voice for the voiceless. He was a true friend to all.

To his family, our sincerest condolences.

Hot Rods 4 Paws Car & Bike Show Benefit and Trunk-Or-Treat in Rivertown Saturday

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

For more information click here.

Adopt a kitty at Antioch’s K911 Animal Rescue in Rivertown

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023
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PetSmart to pay $1.46 million for unlawfully overcharging customers, false advertising, unfair competition

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

Contra Costa part of multi-county lawsuit

By Ted Asregadoo, PIO, Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office announces that PetSmart LLC entered into a Stipulated Judgement on June 23rd and will pay $1.46 million for overcharging customers, false advertising, and unfair competition.

District Attorney Diana Becton said that “The law in California is clear: businesses must be accurate in charging for goods and services. For customers, it’s important to monitor items scanned at a register and scrutinize your receipts to make sure you are not being overcharged.”

The outcome of the multi-county lawsuit against PetSmart includes court orders that prohibit the company from engaging in false or misleading advertising and charging an amount greater than the lowest price posted for an item. Moreover, PetSmart must implement additional audit and price accuracy procedures in its California stores for a three-year period to ensure compliance with pricing accuracy requirements, including notifying customers of their right to be charged the lowest currently advertised price for any item offered for sale.

PetSmart will pay $1,250,000 in civil penalties, $100,000 in restitution to support consumer protection enforcement efforts, and $110,000 for investigative costs incurred by various counties. Because of this legal action, PetSmart has implemented new policies and procedures to improve pricing accuracy with routine audits, detailed record keeping, and in-store signage to notify customers about the lowest advertised price for items.

The lawsuit was filed in Santa Cruz County. In addition to Contra Costa County, Plaintiffs include Sonoma County, Alameda County, Marin County, San Diego County, Ventura County, and Los Angeles County. Deputy District Attorney Bryan Tierney prosecuted the case for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office – with assistance by the Contra Costa Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures.

If members of the public believe they have been overcharged by businesses, contact our office at: