City leaders look to state legislators after dog mauling

Klonda Richey killed by two dogs on E. Bruce Avenue in Dayton.  (Photo/provided)
Klonda Richey killed by two dogs on E. Bruce Avenue in Dayton. (Photo/provided)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- The Mayor of Dayton looked to state legislators Wednesday to work towards improving state ordinances regarding “dangerous dogs,” “menacing dogs,” and “vicious dogs.

Mayor Nan Whaley said “I think we do have an issue with dogs, we do get a complaint frankly about once a week that we try to look into. We have been severely hampered by the state legislative law that they changed.”

It’s an issue that is quickly taking center stage after the death of Klonda Richey– the woman mauled by two dogs outside her Dayton home last week.

2 NEWS dug into dispatch records that showed Richey called 911 sixteen times to report problems with her neighbors dogs, just within the last year.

“I think it’s been a continual concern for us and obviously we’re devastated by the tragedy that happened on Bruce Avenue, and our police department– I mean they see a lot, but this is something that has really affected them,” said Whaley.

After hearing what Mayor Whaley had to say about the city being hampered by weak legislation, 2 NEWS reached out to several state lawmakers about the law that pertains to “dangerous dogs,” “menacing dogs,” and “viscious dogs.”

Representative Jim Butler who represents parts of Dayton sent us the following statement:

“There is interest in reviewing the law (or any law relevant to a tragic outcome) to make sure it is adequate and appropriate to protect the public. However, the details of the investigation into the recent mauling are not yet fully known. When they are known, we will look at the law in light of the recent tragedy and make any needed changes.”

2 NEWS Investigates obtained video from a January 2013 hearing shows Richey reqeuesting a protection order.

Mayor Whaley said between the city and the state, she hopes they can do more, “We’re continuing to work with people who want to protect our neighborhoods and also protect the dignity of these animals.”

Earlier this week Montgomery County Animal Resource Mark Kumpf told 2 news as it stands right now officers need to witness an attack or a loose dog before taking action.
He said it helps if people bring pictures of such activity to the center’s attention.

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