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Dog lovers defend pit bulls as breed

SACRAMENTO, CA - A pit bull attack that left a woman in Stockton dead Thursday has re-ignited a debate about the breed: Is their reputation for violence deserved?

STORY: Woman killed in apparent pit bull attack in Stockton ID'd

Owners of American Staffordshire Terriers competing at Cal Expo's Sacramento Kennel Club Dog Show will tell you their dogs are often mistaken by the public for pit bulls, so they're intimately aware of the public scorn for pit bulls.

That's especially true for Richard Chatigny. After years of raising Amstaffs and other dogs, he and his wife adopted a pit bull named Sadie.

"She's the calmest. She's the most obedient. She's the most accepting of anybody and everybody. She's a great ambassador," Chatigny said of Sadie.

Pet of the Week- Rubio

Pet of the Week- Rubio

Are you looking for a friendly, affectionate boy to join your family? Rubio is your guy!

UPCOMING: Wiener (Dog) Nationals - Sacramento Regionals

SACRAMENTO, CA - It's serious for these competitive canines but loads of laughs for their humans.

PHOTOS: 2012 and 2013 participants at Wienerschnitzel Wiener regionals and nationals!

The 18th Annual Wiener Nationals - Sacramento Regionals takes place this Sunday (March 24) at Sleep Train Arena. Registration, which is free, can be done online or at the arena, beginning 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Preliminaries continue all afternoon, with the finale set for halftime during the Sacramento Kings -  Philadelphia 76ers game, around 6 p.m.

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Pet of the Week- Winky

Pet of the Week- Winky

What sort of dog are you looking for? Affectionate, mature and OK with other dogs and kids (no cats!)? Winky just might be your boy!

This 7 year-old cutie LOVES to be with his people friends and is looking for a home that he can relax in. Don't let his age fool you, you'll be surprised at how energetic he is!

Adoption fee: $100
All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip

Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin Perkins Rd
Sacramento, CA 95828
916-504-2868

Pet of the Week- Bernie

Pet of the Week- Bernie

Sweet Bernie is looking for a home!


This seven-year-old Saint Bernard mix is a loving, older boy who is looking for a family of his own. He enjoys people and children, especially ones that will love him as much as he loves them! He is calm, well -mannered, great on a leash and though a little "talkative" at times (to get your attention) he is a wonderful dog who will be a great member of the family!

Located at the Sacramento SPCA shelter: 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento
916-383-PETS
www.sspca.org