Pit bull owner fights the stereotypes
Eyewitness News 4
|Cassandra Garner says some people assume she is training her pit bull for fighting A North Valley woman says some people assume the worst when they see the rigorous exercise regimen of her pit bull terrier, Hachi. But the prize-winning dog isn't training for a fight.|
About a year and a half ago, her owner, Cassandra Garner started entering her dog in weight pull competitions.
She said people have reported her to authorities because of their assumptions, and the responding deputies find nothing wrong.
"They are all very professional, very apologetic, sorry for wasting your time," Garner said.
Despite the distractions, Hachi has grown into a champion, claiming multiple ribbons at competitions across the country.
"The competition she went to this past weekend, she actually had most weight pulled by pulling 2,760 pounds," Garner said.
Garner said she has had her dog's health checked out and has papers certifying the pit bull's hips, heart and thyroid gland are healthy enough for the dog to compete. Now Garner is trying to convince everyone else her dog is doing what she loves.
"I think that if they just stopped for a second and looked at the situation, that they wouldn't have such a negative feeling towards it" she said.