Ohio lawmaker: Lack of communication contributed to dog mauling death

Rep. Jim Butler considers legislation to help agencies share dangerous dog information.

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It appears a lack of communication contributed to the dog mauling death of Klonda Richey.

State Representative Jim Butler told 2 NEWS Investigates he’s now talking with county and city leaders about what went wrong.

He’s willing to draft legislation to make sure people are sharing records about potentially dangerous dogs because the man in charge of animal control in Montgomery County told him he was missing key information about Klonda Richey’s case.

On February 7, Richey was killed by dogs in her neighborhood, dogs she had been afraid of for some time.

Records show she had reached out for help from Montgomery County Animal Control, Dayton police and the court system.

A judge denied her a protective order,  though she showed court surveillance video of the dogs crossing onto her property while she was having a fence built.

The Director of the County’s Animal Resource Center, Mark Kumpf, said though his officers had responded to anonymous complaints about the dogs, they never did see the dogs out.

State Representative Jim Butler spoke with Kumpf and others about the lack of communication among agencies.

Pam Elliot:  Do you think it was the lack of communication that led to the tragic end of Klonda Richey?

Representative Jim Butler (R-District 41):  I do.  According to Director Kumpf, when I spoke to him the police had information, the courts system had information, children services had information, and he had all of the information, it’s likely that the dogs would have been declared dangerous dogs and that he would have because the owners of the dogs had a criminal history, so that they would have been removed from the property.

Pam Elliot:  So you don’t think it was a failure in current law?

Representative Butler:  Not that he said or that I can see but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look to improve the law if we can.

Butler said Columbus is an example of where agencies are working together, so state law doesn’t necessarily need changing, but he will keep looking to see if the state can provide resources to help improve information sharing.




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