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News10's Duffy Kelly remembers the day she helped save Lucky Pal

News10's Duffy Kelly remembers the day she helped save Lucky Pal

Days removed from a “life threatening” encounter with an enraged turkey, News10’s Duffy Kelly never imagined she would again be involved in an incident with an animal that would capture the attention of so many people.  Then, on Monday morning, a call came into the KXTV newsroom reporting an accident involving a car striking a horse near Wilton, Calif.

What follows is Kelly’s personal account of that day and how it has affected her.

About 6 a.m. A call came in to the news center about an accident involving a car and a horse.  The unusual nature of the incident intrigued our dispatcher and he asked me to investigate the story following the morning newscast.

Lucky Pal: The journey of a young horse left for dead

Lucky Pal: The journey of a young horse left for dead

When a report came into News10 about a dead horse that had been hit by a car in Wilton, California, it seemed to be another in an increasingly large number of animal abandonment cases.

But when News10 producer, Duffy Kelly, arrived at the scene, she discovered the horse was not dead, but badly injured and in shock. Following requests for authorities on hand to contact a vet, Duffy took matters into her own hands.

What followed was an ongoing story of compassion, perseverance, and an outpouring of support from people gripped by the story.

But the story of this horse, now affectionately named Lucky Pal, is far from over.

What might the future hold for this horse that was left for dead along the side of the road that October morning?

Find out in a News10 special report, A Horse’s Journey, airing Thursday night at 11 p.m.

Sacramento County cuts pet adoption rates in October

From The County of Sacramento.

Sacramento, Calif., - October is national adopt a shelter animal month and the Sacramento County Animal Shelter is promoting fall pet adoptions with ADOPTOBERFEST! Adopters will receive a fifty-percent reduction in adoption fees which includes spay/neuter services, licensing, microchipping, and vaccinations. The City of Sacramento Animal Services is also joining the County Animal Shelter in this promotion.

"Between the County and the City, we have a broad selection of animals that people can select from," stated Dave Dickinson, Interim Director of the Sacramento County Animal Shelter.

Pet of the week- Mr. Smokey

Pet of the week- Mr. Smokey

Meet Mr. Smokey!

This eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is both sweet and friendly. He is fairly typical of his breed in that he is very smart, confident and independent, but he’s also a big lover!  Positive reinforcement training would help him focus his energy and learn even more commands than he already knows. Mr. Smokey would do best in a somewhat active home with experienced adult owners (older kids and other dogs ok).  He is eligible for our Senior for Senior Program in which adoption fees are waived for adopters who are at least sixty-years-old and adopting animals over the age of five.

Sacramento County Animal Shelter presents "Kitty Palooza"

Sacramento County Animal Shelter presents "Kitty Palooza"

The 5th annual "Kitty Palooza" feline adopt-a-thon will be hosted by the Sacramento County Animal Shelter on Sat., Aug. 6 and Sun., Aug. 7 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 3839 Bradshaw Road in Sacramento.

An abundance of cats and kittens are available in all colors and sizes ready to become someone's new best friend at a reduced rate of $40 for kittens and $15 for cats more than one year of age.

"This is the time of year when our shelter is over-filled with cats and kittens desperately needing good homes. Our annual Kitty Palooza event has proven to be one of our most successful in saving lives by uniting loving adopters with the perfect adorable kitten or beautiful adult cat to add to their family," said Dave Dickinson, Interim Director of Animal Care and Regulation. "Plus, we add education for new owners and special incentives to each adoption.