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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.

41 Stockton dogs transferred to Seattle rescue groups

STOCKTON, CA - Volunteers drove 41 dogs from Stockton to Seattle, where a rescue group will help find homes for the animals.

Stockton's Animal Protect League works with the Stockton Animal Shelter to transfer dogs to the Seattle animal rescue People United for Pets; since working with this transfer program, more than 1,174 dogs have found new homes, animal shelter spokesperson Susan Platt said.

Volunteers from Stockton loaded up the dogs in a van around 4 a.m. Saturday and headed to Eugene, Ore., where they will meet up with volunteers from Seattle; the dogs will then continue their journey to Seattle with People United for Pets volunteers.

Platt said the shelter has seen an increase in the number of adopted pets and the number of animals placed with rescue organizations. By the end of 2012, Stockton Animal Shelter saw 1,250 animals adopted, which was an increase from 193 in 2011.

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A Sacramento pug rescue group is reaching out to animal lovers in hopes of providing a much needed surgery for one of their precious pugs.  

Eight year-old Mija (Mee-ha) is a playful pug who loves to snuggle. She was rescued by PugSavers, a Northern California pug rescue group, after her owner, who loved her dearly couldn't afford special care for her diabetes. Mija's foster family has been taking great care of her until she finds her forever home, but recently her condition has worsened causing blindness in both of her eyes. 

It has been recommended by a specialist that both of Mija's eyes be removed to help with her diabetes and alleviate what has now become a painful condition.


Stockton Animal Shelter policies change after investigation

STOCKTON, CA - Policy changes were enforced at the Stockton Animal Shelter after a police investigation found that some procedures were not following the law.

Earlier this year, police began their investigation into the shelter after multiple complaints reported that the shelter's procedures did not give people the opportunity to adopt the animals, Officer Joe Silva said.

Shelter director Pat Claerbout came under fire after documents showed that the shelter euthanized 971 animals in one month. Several months later, other documents showed that 515 animals were euthanized between September and November 2011 on the very same day they were brought in.

RELATED STORY: Stockton police investigate animal shelter

Pit bull killed with steak knife to stop attack on girl

STOCKTON - A family member was forced to stab their pitbull with a steak knife after it attacked a 3-year-old-girl.

According Lt. Phil George of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's office, around 9 p.m. Saturday, a 3-year-old girl was able to get outside through a sliding glass door and into the backyard where a family gathering was going on. The family pitbull was spooked by the running child and latched onto the girl's head.

The family saw this happening and could not get the dog to let go. Lt. George says someone then pulled out a steak knife and stabbed the dog to death.

San Joaquin County Animal Services picked up the deceased animal and the dog will be tested for rabies.

The 3-year-old girl was air lifted to the UC Davis Medical Center.  She was released from the hospital on Sunday. 

The incident happened in the 2000 block of Alcazar Way in North Stockton. No criminal charges are expected.