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Lodi police are working to draft new dog ordinance

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00 am

Several months after one dog killed another at Lodi Lake, sparking cries for new dog laws in Lodi, police department staff are continuing to draft a new proposed ordinance, Lodi Police Lt. Sierra Brucia said.

When staff completes the ordinance, it will be reviewed by Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms and then submitted to the city attorney’s office for approval. Once approved, the Lodi City Council will vote on whether to adopt the ordinance.

There is no deadline for police department staff to submit the new ordinance, Brucia said.

In June, a supervisor from the Lodi Police Department Animal Control Shelter submitted a revised dog ordinance to the city attorney’s office. However, Helms requested that the city attorney’s office return it to the police department so he could review the proposed ordinance.

Talks of a revised ordinance started when a pit bull broke free from its leash and mauled a small dachshund to death at Lodi Lake in April.

The pit bull and its handler fled the scene, the dachshund’s owner said. Several weeks later, the pit bull’s owner was tracked down and cited. The pit bull was eventually turned over to the Lodi Police Department and euthanized.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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