Community mourns death of woman mauled by dogs

A makeshift memorial continues to grow outside the home of a Dayton woman who police said was attacked and killed by two dogs.

The body of Klonda Richey, 57, was discovered by a neighbor Friday morning.

“I wasn’t sure if I was seeing what I was seeing,” explained Heather, who lives across the street from Richey.  “I was about to take my son to school and when we got closer to the sidewalk we realized it was a body and I called police.”

Heather was even more shocked to learn from police what had happened. Richey had been mauled to death by her next door neighbor’s dogs.

“I couldn’t even imagine the horror of the situation,” said Heather.  “It had to have been your worst nightmare.”

Heather wants to know what triggered the attack, if anything.  Police hope to be able to answer that question, but the investigation continues.  The owners of the two dogs, Julie Custer and Andrew Nason, were arrested and both are facing a charge of reckless homicide.  Documents uncovered by 2 NEWS Investigates revealed Richey had filed numerous complaints about the dogs.

“I can’t say I was afraid of the dogs myself,” said Heather. “I’m not sure what happened.”

When asked, Heather said she had known Richey for many years. The woman lived alone and loved cats. Richey was also a former employee for the Montgomery County Job and Family Services for 25 years.

“Her friends and co-workers placed two bouquets of flowers  in the bushes near her front door,” pointed out Heather. “I just can’t believe the whole situation. I feel so bad for Richey’s family and for her.  I also feel bad for Custer and Nason. They have children and families too. I just can’t imagine.”

Investigators are expected to meet with members of Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office to determine if Custer and Nason will be formally charged.

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