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Dog lovers defend pit bulls as breed
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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.

Chatigny believes Sadie had been abandoned by someone disappointed when the dog didn't live up to the breed's mean reputation. He says its often the people who raise pit bulls to be violent who are the problem in negative stories about the breed.

"It's the culture of those that want the pit bulls. They want to be seen as tough and mean, and I've got protection, and look at my dog, and it's all about a show," Chatigny said.

Chatigny says too many people take the wrong approach to dogs, like one man he knew who raised doberman pincers.

"He said, 'Well, you just lock it away. You don't let it meet anybody. You don't socialize it, and then they become mean and aggressive,' and he thought that was the greatest thing, and that's the type of people that have pit bulls nowadays that give the pit bulls a bad name," Chatigny said.

"As a pit bull owner, it's sad. It's sad that a lot of dogs go unloved because people are afraid of them."

by GRoxas@news10.net

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