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Several Lodi residents voice approval for proposed dog park rules

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00 am

On Wednesday, several Lodi residents said most of the new dog ordinances recommended by Lodi’s Parks and Recreation Commission will make parks safer for dogs and their owners.

After several reports of dog attacks at Lodi parks sparked city officials to conduct months of research, the commission voted Tuesday to recommend several new rules to the Lodi City Council. They include:

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  • barbara wells posted at 9:59 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    barbara wells Posts: 25

    I would like to say that Wednesday at Virginia St park my pit-bull mix who has been going there for 2 years without incident was attacked by a large German shepherd that was not neutered. the owner had no control over him, the dog even chased us out of the park. It was scary. She actually had two shepherds, but the other one didn't care. Today. at Beck man park, same thing large shepherd, not neutered, I thought at first they might get along but the other dog wouldn't leave him alone, if you know what I mean, so they started fighting. My dog is neutered, but like a lot of dogs he's not going to put up with that. He's played with lots of the dogs at both parks, big and small, neutered and not, but you have to be right there with your dog especially if it's young and not neutered. It's not the breed. Get off the pit bull hate-wagon.

  • Dennis Baker posted at 7:31 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Dennis Baker Posts: 5

    How long can pit bull advocates continue to say... "its not the breed" "its media hype" "the dog was provoked" coconuts kill more people" " its all how you raise them" " you have to train them to attack"... before they look at the problem that is slapping them in the face and actually do something for the victims other than blame them. Maybe if they actually moved closer to the truth and worked towards stopping the mauling and killing You could save yours breeds reputation. The cover up is not working so well.

  • Dennis Baker posted at 7:30 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Dennis Baker Posts: 5

    29 dead by dog attack so far in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed twenty-seven of them. fifteen of the twenty-six dead are children.
    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (15):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (11):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger - 35 yrs old - mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 24 of 29 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 83% dead by pit attack, 10% dead by ‘molosser’, 3.5% by some kind of GSD mix, 3.5% by a husky + possibly pit mix

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 93% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    474 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November 9).

  • paul schoaff posted at 5:05 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    bfloxword Posts: 1

    These proposed rules are completely useless because they ignore the fact that large aggressive dogs will not always respond to voice commands. Any one of them, particularly pit bull types, once they have 'enjoyed' their first fight, will be all too ready to repeat it.

    Recommending that large aggressive dogs not come to the park isn't much of a deterrent.

    Once a pit bull attacks, most normal adults would not be able to make the dog stop attacking. That is the actual fact of the matter. Police, responding to pit bulls tearing apart someone, or someone's dog or cat almost always have to shoot the pit bull to stop the attack.



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