DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A family member of Klonda Richey is suing the owners of the dogs police say mauled her to death.
Richey, 57, was attacked and killed by two mixed-mastiff dogs in front of her home in February. The dog’s owners were neighbors of Richey.
The wrongful death lawsuit obtained by 2 NEWS Investigates claims Andrew Nason and Julie Custer failed to restrain, control, and confine their two Cane Corso dogs.
It also claims they failed to protect Richey from the known risk of attacks by their dogs and says that negligence caused Richey to suffer severe physical injuries and pain until her death on February 7.
The lawsuit is seeking damages in an amount exceeding $25,000.
2 NEWS Investigates found Richey had complained about her neighbor’s dogs before her death.
Surveillance video was recorded from Richey’s multiple cameras mounted on her home, which she hoped would prove to authorities that her neighbors’ dogs were dangerous.
Richey submitted the videos as evidence when she went to court in January of 2013, trying to get a protection order against that neighbor.
Nason and Custer were originally charged with reckless homicide but those charges have since been dropped pending an investigation.