A woman in Ohio was brutally killed by her neighbor’s mixed-mastiff dogs on Friday. The body of the 57-year-old woman was found lying on the sidewalk with her clothes ripped off from the brutal attack. Law enforcement said the dogs charged at them as they approached the scene and they had no choice other than to shoot and kill them.
Investigators found documents which indicated that Klonda Richey had repeatedly called for help in the past because of these mixed-mastiff dogs. Richey lived in Dayton on East Bruce Avenue and was an extreme animal lover.
Reports show that Richey called 911 in July 2013 to report that two Bull Mastiff dogs had charged her. She told the dispatcher that the dogs lived at 35 East Bruce Avenue. Police stated that calls about dogs generally do not result in a police report; instead they are turned over to Montgomery County’s Animal Resource Center (ARC) for investigation. Within two hours after Richey called 911 the ARC came out and took over.
Director for ARC, Mark Kumpf, said he knew of nine complaints about the two dogs which are responsible for Richey’s death. Kumpf was also at the scene of the crime on Friday. He acknowledged the many complaints but said they had never seen or been able to locate the dogs. Kumpf said although they were aware of additional complaints unfortunately the owners of the dogs never responded to any of their calls, at least to the best of his knowledge but they are looking into the matter.
Dispatch logs from last year show that six calls were made about a barking dog at the East Bruce Avenue address. Out of the six calls at least five were made by Richey. On May 28, 2013 a complaint read, “The dog is straining to get to food and water, which are both empty.” The caller advised that this was an ongoing issue. The log later signified that the owner had taken the dogs inside.
After searching the county auditor’s website 2 News found that there were two dogs registered at 35 East Bruce Avenue which are identified as “mixed breeds.” On record the owner is listed as Julie Custer. Richey’s neighbors, Custer and a man named Andrew Nason, were taken into custody on Friday and expected to be charged with reckless homicide.
Friends and colleagues of the deceased woman were shocked at Richey’s death. Ann Steven, a co-worker of Richey’s for 16 years, said it’s every ironic that such a devout animal lover would be mauled to death in such an aggressive and brutal manner by animals. Stevens and Richey worked together at the Montgomery County Job and Family Services in the administrative services division. Richey worked there for 25 years.
Stevens said Richey was very passionate about the well-being of animals and she cannot remember one conversation that she had with Richey which did not include cats. She always talked about her cats and had at least 20 healthy cats in her home.
The county’s communications director said their sympathy goes out to Richey’s family, friends and co-workers. Richey was in charge of the supply needs for the workers at The Haines Children’s Center and those who knew her with Job and Family Services remember her fondly.
A 57-year-old woman in Dayton, Ohio was killed by her neighbor’s two mixed-mastiff dogs on Friday. Klonda Richey was found lying on the sidewalk with her clothes ripped off from the brutal attack. The mixed-mastiff dogs charged at officers who approached the scene and were shot and killed in order to ensure the safety of the neighborhood. Autopsy results are expected to be released from the Montgomery County coroner’s office on Monday.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)