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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.

It really DID look like Spring ~ last week!

It really DID look like Spring ~ last week!

The weekly rains brought Spring on with a vengeance - flowers, bees, blossoms & allergies!  

Riding (or walking/jogging) the countryside in Southport during April & May is a glorious thing with rich visual rewards for those who cherish the open spaces still available.

Pet deer returned to the wild

SACRAMENTO, CA - A deer raised since it was a fawn by a Rio Linda family is headed back to the wild.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which tranquilized the doe and took her to one of their care facilities to be medically checked, took  "Florecita" from the Cervantes family Tuesday after the agency received a report about the deer last weekend.

STORY: Rio Linda family wants to keep its adopted pet deer

In a post on its Facebook page Wednesday, DFW said after assessing the deer and talking with the family, it was determined the doe "is a good candidate for release and is now being transported to a suitable wildlife area."

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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Bracing for kitten season, it’s not too late to nip and tuck!

Bracing for kitten season, it’s not too late to nip and tuck!

Sacramento, CA: The Sacramento City Front Street shelter is bracing for the annual onslaught of tiny, homeless kittens. Each year, thousands of unwanted cats and kittens come through the doors of the shelter, brought in often by good intentioned people that have no idea what to do when either their pet gives birth or they stumble across a litter of newborns.

As we prepare for the increased demand for shelter services, we would like to remind cat owners that there are many resources available to prevent those unexpected pregnancies before they happen.  Spaying and neutering is one of the key ways to lessen the number of unwanted animals born each year and ultimately reduce the number of animals that end up in our shelters.  

The City of Sacramento offers city residents very low cost or no cost services that help people with income constraints get their pets spayed or neutered.