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Mauling Victim Had Complained about Dogs
DAYTON -- Klonda Richey's vicious mauling death was preceded by more than a dozen complaints to animal control.
In less than two years the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center responded to 13 complaints about the dogs that reportedly attacked Richey.
Richey was asking for help and, according to Animal Control officials, they answered that call for help to the best of their ability.
Under Ohio law, the humane officer must witness the dog off property and not under the care of its owner to issue a citation.
"If the complaint we received for example a dog at large and the officer responded and does not find a dog at large there's no violation that we witnessed we leave a warning notice," Montgomery County Animal Resource Center Director Mark Kumph said Monday.
It's a warning notice that requires no enforcement -- even 13 of them.
"We were out there 13 times. Whether it was 13 times or 20 times had we seen the dogs in violation we would take action," Kumph explained.
Kumph explained that ARC is a reactive not proactive agency and a third-party witness is not evidence enough for action to be taken.
"We have no way, unfortunately, of knowing if a call is founded and in this particular case we believe they were founded calls, absolutely, but that's after the fact," Kumph added.
The Dayton Police are investigating Richey's death. Although the dog's owners spent the weekend in jail, they are now out of jail and have not been formally charged.
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DAYTON-- After a brutal dog mauling resulting in the death of a Dayton woman, what can be done if you live near dangerous dogs and no one will help you? There is new information about what that victim, Klonda Richey, had been doing to protect herself, including call 9-1-1.
"Once again I have those two pit bull mastiff's up my driveway," Klonda Richey said about her neighbors dogs to a police dispatcher in July of 2013. "I'm trying to put a lawnmower together. I should not have to pick up a tool and chase these dogs down," she continued.
It's one of many calls she made for help, "This has gone on for a year and a half now. I'm done! You know I don't want to get a gun. I don't want to get a gun permit. I'm anti guns! I can't live like this!" she said in the same July call.
Police records show she had also called police about 35 West Bruce Street residents Andrew Nason and Julie Custer's dogs in May of 2013.
The report details that Nason tried to sic the dog on Richey.
"He tried to tell his dogs to up and get her and she came up and told me," recalled Richey's friend Sander Denny. Denny said the two had been friends for 6 years, and that Richey had become scared for her life.
"She was just dear sweet," Denny said, "But she wouldn't back down from anything. She always made sure I knew what was going on in the neighborhood."
Richey's neighbors say in the months leading up to her death, Klonda had started protecting her home.
"I know she built the fence around her house that's pretty new," said Bruce Street neighbor Greta Parks, "And I believe she was scared that the dogs would attack her cats."
"This past summer she put it up," Denny added, "She had her side windows glassed in with glass block."
Still police say there wasn't a lot they could do about the dogs, despite the victim's history of calls, and the actions of the dog's owners.
"By now I'm sure he picked them up and put them in the house by now," Richey's 2013 call continued. "That's what he always does anytime I call."
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