Animal resource director: Mauling death could not be prevented

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Investigates is getting answers from the Animal Resource Center about complaints filed before a woman was mauled to death by her neighbors’ dogs.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office says it wants more evidence in this case before charges will be filed against Klonda Richey’s neighbors.

A make-shift memorial is now growing on East Bruce Avenue where Richey was killed on Friday morning.

2 NEWS Investigates obtained copies of the complaints that piled up against the dogs.

Pam Elliot asked some tough questions of the man in charge of animal care and control.

Montgomery County Animal Control Director Mark Kumpf said the mauling death of Klonda Richey could not have been prevented.

“This is a tragic accident and there is nothing foreseeable or doable to prevent a situation like this from happening,” said Kumpf.

But the Animal Resource Center took 13 calls about dogs at 35 East Bruce Avenue. That’s where the two dogs that killed Richey were living. The first call came in December 2011.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you call, unless we see a violation, we can’t change the law and just write a ticket because somebody doesn’t like this particular dog or that particular neighbor. We have to see a criminal violation.”

Numerous warnings were left for the dog owners at 35 East Bruce Avenue, but no action was taken. Kumpf says a warning is simply a notice that an officer responded to a complaint. There’s really no follow-up after that unless the owner calls the Animal Resource Center to find out more.

“Whether we respond to one complaint or 13 complaints or any other number of complaints, unless we find a violation when we arrive that has enforceable component to it, it’s simply a call.”

Pam asks, “The Animal Resource Center says it needs evidence. So, if you feel threatened by a dog, or you see one roaming around, or not being properly cared for, pull out your camera and take a picture – flash.”

Pam continues, “You say you have to have the proof. I can’t imagine though, someone picking up a camera if he or she feels threatened by a dog coming at them to prove to you there’s a problem.”

“We have folks who provide photographs all the time,” said Kumpf.

Klonda Richey had surveillance cameras installed at her home and that video is now in the hands of Dayton police.

The Animal Resource Center says last year, officers picked up nearly 5,800 animals.

 

 

 

 

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