Top 15 County News Center Stories of 2015

San Diego residents grabbed rain buckets while County Animal Services reined in dogs – lots of them. And then there was that snake in the toilet.

These are some of the most-read stories of 2015 at County News Center. What else grabbed your attention?

15. Now You Know: Parking at the County Administration Center [VIDEO]

The Waterfront Park was a popular place this year! It hosted two music festivals, a viewing of the Team USA’s women’s World Cup Final and even American Idol auditions

14. Animal Services Retrieves 5-Foot-Long Snake from Office Bathroom

Because snakes typically show up in the wilderness and not in your bathroom, here are some tips from our experts on what to do if you encounter a rattler while out on the trails.

13. ME: New Drugs Killing San Diegans

There is some good news, though. Prescription drug deaths were down in the County this year.

12. El Niño? Grab a Bucket!

There are lots of ways to be prepared for the expected rain this winter. Find out how to be El Nino ready.

11. Top 5 Killers of San Diego Men

There are plenty of things men can do to live longer – one answer is in our number nine story!

10. New Online Tool Charts Wildfire Risk in Your Neighborhood [VIDEO]

It’s always good to be prepared in case of a wildfire. Learn how to be at

9. 5 Things You Should Eat Every Day

And, because we like lists, here are five tips for packing healthy lunches your kiddos will actually eat!

8. Wanted: Variety of Workers at County Jails

Did you know that the Sheriff’s Department offers free vacation checks on homes?

7. 44 Dogs Removed from Encanto Home

RELATED: 30 Negected Dogs Taken Under Care of Animal Services

6. Help Clear the Shelters; Adopt a Pet Aug. 15

Who found a home? Find out how well we cleared the shelters (bonus: cute pics!).

5. Puppies Found Abandoned in Dumpster

Another dog was rescued from a storm drain this year.

4. 10 County Trails to Try in 2015

Watch how veterans around the county are taking advantage of our trails.

3. How to be El Niño Ready

Find out where you can pick up sand and sandbags near you.

2. 31 Free Things to do in July

You can see what events we have year-round right here!

1. Dog Missing 8 Years Gets Second Chance with Family

It’s not just dogs that benefit from microchips! This cat made a very rare 3 percent.

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