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.
The pit bull mix, named Capone, has been impounded for running loose and is at Lodi’s animal shelter awaiting a vicious dog hearing, where its fate will be decided, Bender said.
On April 11, Julia Dare of Lodi said she watched as Capone snapped its leash and mauled to death her cinnamon-red dachshund, Shelby. Dare said Woodworth gave her false contact information after the attack, and eluded animal control for more than a month.
Several days ago, an anonymous person dropped Capone off at Animal Control and told Bender that Woodworth had been handling the pit bull mix during the attack, Bender said.
Bender served Woodworth with a citation Monday evening. The pit bull’s owner didn’t receive a citation, Bender said.
The dog’s hearing will take place later this month. City Manager Rad Bartlem will preside over the hearing and rule whether the pit bull is vicious, which could result in several consequences, including euthanasia.
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