Mauling dogs’ owners charged with reckless homicide

Julie Custer and Andrew Nason accused of reckless homicide in Montgomery County. (Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are investigating the death of a Dayton woman they said was killed by dogs.

Detectives told 2 NEWS the 57 year old victim was attacked by two dogs sometime during the night.

Her body was discovered in the front yard at 31 East Bruce Ave. Friday morning.

“It appears the victim came out of the side door of the house and was attacked by two dogs that belonged to the neighbors,” said Lt.  Matthew Dickey.  ” It looks like it occurred some time in the early morning hours and we received the call about 8:30 in the morning when someone reported finding her dead body.”

Officers arriving at the scene found the dogs at the body and destroyed them. The dogs’ owners have now been identified and are in custody.  The dogs are registered to Julie Custer.  The other person who lives at the home is Andrew Nason.  They are charged with reckless homicide.

Investigators said the mauling took place just a few feet from where the couple was sleeping.

Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, said the dogs were a Mastiff mix and registered with the county as Mastiffs.

Animal control officers were called to care for pets found at the woman’s home. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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