Neighbors remember woman killed in dog mauling

Vigil held for woman killed in dog mauling (WDTN Photo\Maytal Levi)
Vigil held for woman killed in dog mauling (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Tonight neighbors are coming together to remember Klonda Richey- the woman who was mauled to death by her neighbors dogs.

“It was shocking, it was a blow, so sad, a tremendous loss” said Paula Humphrey, Redcrest neighborhood association member.

Even one year later, neighbors say it’s still hard to believe Klonda Richey is gone. The 57-year old was found in the front yard of East Bruce home last February.

She was mauled to death by her neighbor’s dogs when she stepped outside.  Now the Redcrest neighborhood association hopes her death wasn’t in vain.

“We feel strongly our neighborhoods are being ignored, we want county and government officials to give more attention to these neighborhoods and the people in them” said Humphrey.

Richey called law enforcement 16 times about her neighbors and their dogs, saying they were constantly running loose and acting aggressive. She even tried to get a civil protection order but failed.

“She had reached out many times and if people would have responded to her maybe she would have been with us today” said Humphrey.

David Witt, Richey’s handy man, was among the dozens of people, including Dayton police officers, who paused to remember her life.

“She was just a really good person, she took real good care of animals, she had a big heart, she was a sweetheart” said Witt.

It’s those memories that help the neighborhood heal.

“We are here to honor her, we’ve come together as a group because she was such a good friend and neighbor to everyone” said Humphrey.

As for Klonda’s neighbors, Julie Custer and Andrew Nason, they are not facing felony charges.

But they are facing a wrongful death lawsuit and misdemenor charges in Dayton Municipal Court.

The wrongful death lawsuit will go to trial August 24th

Both have pleaded *not* guilty to the two misdemeanor counts of failure to control dogs. If convicted, they could face six months in jail on each count.

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