Weight pulling as a sport for pit bulls is a growing trend, with the dogs pulling as much as 5.5 tons.
The sport, often the main attraction at pit bull shows, has been around for some time, but animal welfare experts say it is becoming more popular. It is also considered more acceptable than dog fighting.
Usually, weight training is used to build stamina and make dogs more powerful for fights. But weight training has now become a sport in itself – with events taking place at least once a month around the country.
An animal welfare organisation, which cannot be named to protect its staff, submitted a 50-page report to the director of public prosecutions calling for stronger prosecution for people in conflict with the Animals Protection Act.
At one show in July, a dog had to pull 5.5 tons of concrete slabs on a trolley. The event had to be stopped when the trolley was no longer secure.