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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am

After a month-long search, Lodi Animal Control Services have found and cited the man accused of handling a pit bull-American bulldog mix that attacked and killed another dog at Lodi Lake last month.

Wesley Woodworth, 29, of Lodi, received an infraction citation Monday for possessing a dog that exhibited vicious behavior, and another citation for handling the dog without a leash, said Animal Control Supervisor Jennifer Bender with the Lodi Animal Shelter. Each citation carries a roughly $380 fine.

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  • Simon Birch posted at 1:02 pm on Wed, May 22, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 170 Staff

    The red "Comment Removed" notice will appear only when the parent (original) comment is removed and there are replies to the comment.

    If there are no replies to the original comment, the comment will just disappear.

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    I agree that this is wrong and I've asked the programmers to change the commenting system to always indicate when a comment is removed. I'm sorry but I can't give a time frame when this might happen.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 4:14 pm on Fri, May 17, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Ms. Samone, I too am interested in knowing into what hole your post vanished. Typically when someone's remarks on this forum are deemed to be in violation of the posted rules, we're greeted with a bright red notification. But I clearly remember your comments being here early yesterday - and now they're gone! Mr. Birch: do you have an explanation for Jay Samone's post being completely removed with no explanation? Inquiring minds would really like to know. Thank you.

  • Gail Treichel posted at 4:46 pm on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Pitbulls-R-Us Posts: 11

    Joanne, Thank you for sharing your experiences with pit bulls, and for saving the life of that poor bassett mix. Unfortunately, there are people with the mind set that all pit bulls are vicious and they can't be convinced otherwise.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:18 pm on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Gail: I appreciate your comments here. As a long time visitor to the Vinewood Dog Park (15 years and counting), I have never had a bad experience with a pit bull or pit bull mix, and there are many that come to the park. I think that Rottweilers were bigger problems, but I haven't seen many in a while.

    Most come over and visit with both the other dogs and the humans - I always tell them how handsome or beautiful they are (mainly because they ARE very good looking dogs).

    My daughter used to dogsit a pit bull for a friend. Delilah was a very intimidating looking girl, very muscular and well built. We were keeping her for the Thanksgiving weekend when I brought home our new, 6 week old golden retriever puppy. Delilah was like the mother of the year, making sure the puppy knew where the food was, her bed was, and where she needed to go potty. She even made sure, gently of course, that the cats kept their distance for a few days.

    Contrasting this, we adopted a bassett mix who cohabited with five pit bulls that were being trained to fight. Thankfully, we got her out of this situation because the owner was using this poor bassett as a bait dog for training his pit bulls. Granted, she had learned some amazing wrestling tactics, but she was a complete mess when we brought her home. Fortunately, her sweet disposition hadn't been corrupted by this despicable owner and we were even happy to pay him his asking price to get her out of that situation.

    Owners are the biggest problem - this is true of ANY dog. I have seen dogs at the dog park that are dangerous and the owners (sometimes even the most benign looking little old lady) have no idea how to control them and have the attitude that "dogs will be dogs."

    The owner or "handler" of this killer pit bull should be held responsible. It is sad that this dog has not been given the proper training and thus was allowed to maul and kill that poor little dachschund. The dog will pay the price with its life through no fault of its own.

  • Gail Treichel posted at 11:49 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Pitbulls-R-Us Posts: 11

    Oh, and one more thing. We don't use alcohol or drugs.

  • Gail Treichel posted at 11:27 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Pitbulls-R-Us Posts: 11

    Mr. Chaney, I assumed (my bad) that you had read my post in an earlier article on Julie Hammon and Mickey, “Pit bill owners see a breed in need 5/14/13. We adopted our first pit bull in 2002 from the Delta Humane Society, our second in 2003 from the Lodi Animal Shelter, our third in 2013 from Animal Friends Connection. We have had no issues with aggression by them. They are family and treated as such. When home they are in the house or in our fenced back yard (no complaints from any of our neighbors ever). When we take them out they are leashed. They are groomed once a month, licensed, vaccinated, and receive regular veterinary care. They are exercised daily and socialized regularly. We are responsible owners.

    We are regular people. We work and pay taxes. We have no criminal records, no tattoos, no body piercings. So as pit bull owners we find being painted as thugs offensive to say the least.

    Anyone with an open mind may want to check out www.badrap.org (badrap = Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls). This non-profit organization was instrumental in rescuing and rehabilitating many of the Michael Vick dogs. Many of them are now beloved family pets and even canine good citizens.

  • Jay Samone posted at 10:16 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    SIMON BIRCH and LNS crew. Why do you insist in deleting factual posts? Why even have the forum if you delete posts? Time and time again, posts are deleted on certain stories, while others have multitudes of postings that should have long been deleted but linger on past their expiration date. I'm seriously disgusted with this paper. Not only are you metering the site visits, but you're refusing to allow freedom of speech in your forum. You should ask the Stockton Record how well that's working out for them. Your paper needs some serious re-tooling. Your reporters don't report the facts to begin with because your reporters don't do their due diligence. Then when people provide you with FACTS about your own stories, you remove their posts. Ridiculous.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 4:48 pm on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Evidently the owner of this dog wasn't cited - just the person who was in control of the animal at the time of the attack was (this information is easily gleaned from the article above).

    As for the fines, I hope the handler of this vicious dog is fined as much as the law will allow. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem much else that can be done about the attack, although the owner of the dachshund will most likely be able to sue for not only the value of her dog that was killed but also for some emotional pain and suffering due to her having to stand by and watch as the dog mauled to death her beloved pet. Not ensuring that the dog was properly tethered that permitted it to kill another pet followed by giving the already grieving owner false information is enough for me to insist that he be fined as much as possible. This is hardly a case of “pure city greed.” Clearly the handler falls into the category of thug as outlined by Mr. Clifton in his post below. He reacted precisely as the “Journal of Interpersonal Violence” would have expected – and as I would have expected as well.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:39 pm on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Ms. Treichel, apparently only those in livable, lovable Lodi? Where else do you read of any money hungry city or little burg like Lodi that fines the animal owner and then takes the animal to court to decide its fate? Sentencing one's pet to be euthanized is punishment enough and adding over $700 in fines is nothing but a case of pure city greed.

  • Gail Treichel posted at 12:46 pm on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    Pitbulls-R-Us Posts: 11

    Oh, so now all pit bull owners are thugs and gangbangers?

  • Merritt Clifton posted at 10:24 am on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    Merritt Clifton Posts: 7

    A peer-reviewed study published in the November 16, 2006 ediition of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence revealed that among a sampling of 355 people who keep pet dogs, all who keep pit bulls turned out to have had some sort of trouble with the law. 30% of the people in the sampling who had been cited at least once for failing to license a pit bull were found to have had at least five criminal convictions or traffic citations. Explained lead study author Jaclyn Barnes of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, "Owners of vicious dogs [mostly pit bulls] who have been cited for failing to register a dog (or) failing to keep a dog confined on the premises... are more than nine times more likely to have been convicted for a crime involving children, three times more likely to have been convicted of domestic violence... and nearly eight times more likely to be charged with drug (crimes) than owners of low-risk licensed dogs." Co-authors included Frank W. Putnam of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Barbara Boat of the University of Cincinnati, an investigator of animal/human relationships who has often spoken at humane conferences; and Harold Dates and Andrew Mahlman of the Cincinnati SPCA.



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