Second chance for sheltered senior dogs

Santa Paula’s Canine Adoption Rescue League, also known as C.A.R.L., has launched its Golden Oldies program focusing on the “unique needs” of dogs aged 10 years or older.

Funded by a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, C.A.R.L. will work closely with the Ventura County Animal Shelter as well as the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in identifying elderly dogs that are often passed over for adoption in favor of younger animals. The dogs will then be spotlighted across social media and placed into preapproved foster homes or given space at C.A.R.L.’s boarding facility.

The funds from the grant will be used for the health needs of the dogs, ranging from medication to dental care. 

Daniel Elliot of C.A.R.L. says that the funding will provide enough for 12 dogs, with one dog featured per month.

“At county shelters, like at VCAS, [older dogs] usually hang out for a very long time and may not get adopted at all,” said Elliot. “If they bring them to us, it accomplishes two things: It helps the VCAS remain no-kill, and we think they have a better shot if we can tell their unique stories.”

For more information on the program and to see this month’s featured dog, visit or call 644-PETS. 

Credit card breach at local Wendy’s 

Malware uploaded by hackers at local Wendy’s in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura may have stolen customers’ credit card and debit card details, according to the company, including customers’ names, expiration dates and verification numbers. 

The attack happened between Jan. 13 and June 8, according to Wendy’s website. An investigation began in February and discovered that the malware affected registers in the store. 

“We recommend that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing credit card account statements and monitoring your credit report for unauthorized activity,” said Wendy’s in a statement posted to its website. 

805 area code to split by 2018

If your wardrobe is filled to the brim with shirts and hats emblazoned with the area code 805 you might want to start thinking of updating your fashion. 

The California Public Utilities Commission has begun the process of launching a new area code in three or more areas currently calling 805 their own, effective by June 2018. By December of that year, it says, numbers with the 805 prefix will run dry.

If you already have an 805 area code, you can keep it, according to the commission. Those seeking new numbers would be relegated a new as yet-to-be-determined area code.

Footwear sought for homeless veterans in Oxnard 

Boots and sneakers are being sought to provide homeless veterans with footwear during a charity drive now happening through Monday, July 25, in Oxnard.

The Oxnard Fire Department in partnership with Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, is sponsoring the drive. New and gently used adult footwear in various sizes is requested, and can be donated at Fire Stations 1 through 8 in the city, as well as at the Oxnard Police Department at 251 S. C St. 

The collected boots and shoes will be distributed between July 29 and 31 at the Ventura County Stand Down event. For more information on the event and drop-off locations, visit

Construction brings road closures to Highway 1

The California Department of Transportation has begun a pavement rehabilitation project on six miles of SR-1, from Hobson County Park Road on the north to the SR-1 Solimar undercrossing at U.S. Highway 101 on the south, alongside the communities of Solimar Beach and Faria Beach. 

CalTrans says that when the work is completed, commuters can expect a “smoother, quieter ride.” 

During construction, the two-lane highway will be reduced to a single lane between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, which will cause delays. No work is planned on weekends.

The pavement rehabilitation is a $1.8 million effort and is estimated to be completed by the end of July.