Mauling victim detailed frustration to 911

Fatal dog mauling on East Bruce Avenue in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
Fatal dog mauling on East Bruce Avenue in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Investigates uncovered even more proof on Wednesday that the victim of Friday’s deadly dog mauling repeatedly asked authorities for help.

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch records show that in just the last year the victim, Klonda Richey, had called 911 sixteen times to report problems with her neighbor and his dogs.

During a call made on July 2, 2013, Richey told dispatchers she was having a problem with the pitbull-mastiff mix being loose. “I tried the civil protection order and I got brushed aside by those judges as a neighbor dispute. It’s gone way beyond a neighbor dispute,” she said.

On Tuesday, only 2 NEWS Investigates had video from the January 2013 hearing in which Richey requested the protection order.  She spent 30 minutes testifying, detailing months of what she described as ongoing harassment.  Richey even provided documentation to the court including video recordings from surveillance cameras she had installed after she says the problems with those dogs began.  The magistrate who heard the case, denied Richey’s request.

“This is nuts,” Richey told the dispatcher. “This is constant intimidation thing. I lost my last case and it was the police who suggested I do the civil stalking protection order”.

2 NEWS asked if the court stands by that decision and got a response from Judge Michael Tucker the Administrative Judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas General Division. He told us the court is not going to analyze why the decision to deny was made one year ago and said the DVD speaks for itself. Judge Tucker also expressed his condolences to the victim’s family.

Richey’s brother, Ted, told me he knew Klonda was having problems with her neighbor, but never thought something like this could happen.
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