As we near another year’s close, we always love to look back at all the stories that made us happy as a puppy and brought smiles to our faces. Each year we like to share these significant stories of the year. Of course, some of the big stories include the types that make us cringe or cry. That’s just the nature of the beast when you work at Riverside County Animal Services. We deal with life and death and life-changing events. We es- pecially love saving pets. But we also take pride in our animal-cruelty investigations and making sure that those who harm the innocent and the voiceless are brought to justice. Here is our list of the Top 10 Stories of the Year for 2016. We hope you appreciate this list. The Top 10 stories are listed chronologically.