DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict anyone for the mauling death of a Dayton woman.
Klonda Richey, 57, was mauled to death by her neighbors’ two dogs in February. The attack happened outside Richey’s East Bruce Avenue home.
The grand jury declined to charge the dogs’ owners, Andrew Nason and Julie Custer. They still face a civil lawsuit for wrongful death.
2 NEWS Investigates uncovered 12 reports to the Animal Resource Center and 16 calls to 911 all pertaining to the dogs before the attack.
County Prosecutor Mat Heck was joined by Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl to make a public demand that state and local laws be changed to make dog owners more responsible for their pets. The county leaders say more stringent laws are needed to protect victims like Richey.
“A woman lost her life because of two mean dogs that killed her,” said County Prosecutor Mat Heck. “We have to prove that people are responsible.”
Heck says his office will be working with Dayton Municipal prosecutors to see if charges in this case are supported under a city ordinance. Heck and Foley also also offering a training seminar to local law enforcement, animal shelter employees and municipal and county prosecutors on October 9 and 10.
They also called on state legislature to amend current laws in several ways including creating a new registry for dogs classified as nuisance, dangerous or vicious, that is easily accessible to law enforcement and dog wardens. They also want new fines and criminal penalties against owners of dogs that kill or cause serious physical injury to another person.