Last Thursday, Lodi Animal Control euthanized a pit bull/American bulldog mix that attacked and killed a small dog at Lodi Lake last month.
The dog, named Capone, was scheduled to undergo a vicious dog hearing this week, but the owner chose to sign control over to the city, said Animal Control Supervisor Jennifer Bender. Lodi City Manager Rad Bartlam decided the dog was vicious and determined it should be put down.
On April 11, the dog escaped its handler and mauled to death Lodi resident Julia Dare’s cinnamon-red dachshund, Shelby. Animal control spent several weeks trying to track down the dog and its handler, who gave Dare false information after the incident, police said.
An anonymous person turned Capone in to animal control. Later, animal control located and cited Wesley Woodworth, 29, of Lodi, for possessing a vicious dog and handling the dog without a leash.