SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Scripps Health threw its annual Puppy Party Friday to honor its pet therapy volunteers and their handlers.
The dogs and their owners were treated to hot dogs and special canine cookies.
More than 50 certified therapy dogs provide comfort and companionship by visiting patients across the Scripps system throughout the year.
"The patients they really do benefit. They enjoy the break in the day, they get an opportunity to get some puppy hugs and kisses when their pets may be at home," Jill Corrales of Scripps Volunteer Services said.
The therapy dog program has been in place at Scripps for more than 10 years. The dogs visit about 1,000 patients every year.
Extreme heat is in the forecast for the deserts again Thursday, but temperatures in the rest of inland San Diego County will be somewhat lower than they had been for the past few days.
A would-be kidnapper approached an 18-year-old pedestrian in Otay Mesa West Wednesday and offered her a ride before making a failed attempt to abduct her, authorities reported.
Volunteer drone enthusiasts lent their services Wednesday to ongoing efforts to locate an Alzheimer's patient from Scripps Ranch who has been missing for nearly a week.
Pacific Beach community members on Wednesday came together to fight against short term vacation rentals.
A second sighting of missing Scripps Ranch man who suffers from Alzheimer's was reported Wednesday - giving new hope in the search as the efforts to find him intensify.
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A San Marcos man accused of running down a motorcycle officer with a car while the lawman was conducting a traffic stop near Buddy Todd Park in Oceanside pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder on a peace officer.