Thursday, September 11, 2014
09/11/14: A Montgomery County grand jury did not return any indictments for Andrew Nason and Julie Custer, whose two dogs horrifically killed Klonda Richey on February 7. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. held a press conference today, of which we only saw the last part. Heck essentially stated that because there were no witnesses, there are no criminal charges. Heck blamed Richey's preventable death on a "community" fail. Heck's statements are inexcusable.1
In a grand jury proceeding, the prosecutor runs the show. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. is responsible for the return of no indictments. The administrative, legal and law enforcement system failed Richey over and over again, which led to her brutal death. After she died, these systems failed her again. In Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, public execution by your neighbor's dogs comes without consequences. Nason and Custer face no felony charges.
[Grand jury] proceedings are usually one-sided, and are very different from a trial. Unlike a public trial, the accused person is not present (unless he or she is called as a witness), nor is his/her counsel present (even if he is called as a witness). Also, witnesses are not cross-examined. Not even a judge is present in the grand jury room, although a judge will be contacted if a witness refuses to answer a question and the prosecutor wishes to cite the witness for contempt."Continuous" Efforts by Victim
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Further, information obtained by illegal police investigation, unconstitutional surveillance, or by unreliable means, can be heard and relied upon by grand jurors, even though that information would not be admissible if the case proceeded to trial. Finally, even if a prosecutor knows of information which would help show that the accused person is innocent, he is not required to present it to the grand jury. - Professor Margery B. Koosed, Ohio State Bar Association
On the morning of February 7, Klonda Richey was brutally killed by her neighbor's two "mastiff-mix" dogs. Her naked, bloody body -- the dogs stripped off all of her clothing -- was found face down in the snow in front of her home. Prior to the deadly attack, Richey had filed 13 complaints with animal control (ARC) and made 46 calls to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center related to her neighbor's dogs and home between December 2011 and her death.
The problems with her neighbors and their two dogs had become so bad that Richey installed surveillance cameras on her home and built a high two-tiered security fence to protect herself and her cats from these dogs. 16 months before her death, Richey filed a civil stalking protection order in court against Nason. The order was denied by Magistrate Kristi Wuebben in February 2013. Richey appealed the decision. Judge Michael Krumholtz denied her appeal the following month.
Klonda Richey now lives in the sky. There will be no justice for her barbaric death.
02/21/14: Citizens Speak to Commission
Following the preventable dog mauling death of Klonda Richey, Dayton citizens appeared before the City Commission on Wednesday, complaining that public safety has evaporated in the area, with the problem of loose aggressive dogs, gunfire and other problems plaguing the area. Terms brought up by citizens included, we live in a "crime containment zone," there is a "systemic dysfunction" in law enforcement and "city authorities have breached their contract with citizens."
Mayor Nan Whaley addressed meeting:Read more about the utter failure of the Animal Resource Center at the Scorched Earth blog.
"Every one of us know or have been a part of some of these issues with dogs and being unsure about what is going on ... It is a tragedy that someone's life is lost over it. I think the best thing we can do is figure out how to make sure that no one else's life is lost in the future. I talked yesterday with three state representatives, Rep. Butler, Rep. Winburn, Rep. Strahorn. We will be sending a letter with recommendations to the state legislature on ways that they can tighten up their law. Specifically, I think it is bothersome to us, and I have told them this, that Animal Resource Center can be contacted by someone nine times, and there is no requirement for them to call back. So that is one place where the state legislature can take a more active role ... they are very interested and engaged with this issue ... they are very interested in working on the state law issue."
02/12/14: Victim Made 16 Calls to 911
In addition to filing a civil stalking protection order in court, which was suggested by police, Klonda Richey, made 16 calls to 911 in the last year to report problems with her neighbor and his dogs. During a July 2, 2013 call, Richey told dispatchers, "I've made a lot of calls about this neighbor next door to me and his pit bull-mastiff ... I tried the civil protection order and I got brushed aside by those judges as a neighbor dispute. It’s gone way beyond a neighbor dispute," Richey said.
According to the 2 News article, Richey also stated, "This is nuts," Richey told the dispatcher. "This is constant intimidation thing. I lost my last case and it was the police who suggested I do the civil stalking protection order." On February 7, Richey was savagely struck down by her neighbor's two pit bull-type dogs in a sustained attack in front of her home. Today, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said that current state legislation (that repealed the longstanding pit bull law in 2012) is "weak."
Mayor Whaley also said, "Our police department sees a lot, but this is something that has really affected them as well." Readers must remember that as horrific as shooting homicides are, most bullet injuries do not produce injuries like a fatal pit bull mauling -- parts of a person's face, arms, legs or scalp ripped off, deep tearing injuries covering the victim's body, blood soaked everywhere, in the case of Richey, across white snow, and finally, the visual evidence of a prolonged struggle.
We believe that Dayton police will do everything they can to ensure that felony criminal charges are brought against the dogs' owners.On Friday, Dayton police released Richey's surveillance videos that she submitted as evidence when trying to obtain the civil stalking protection order against her neighbor. Richey is in the midst of having her own privacy fence built during the footage. The videos clearly show the man using intimidation tactics with his own presence and his dogs. Multiple shots show the dogs loose on her property and exhibiting aggression. Richey's neighbor was indeed operating a terror campaign.
02/11/14: Victim Sought Protection
In addition to the laundry list of complaints documented about the dogs that horrifically killed Klonda Richey -- coroner Harshbarger stated Monday: "The injuries are multiple and severe and clearly happened while she was alive ... It is a significant period of time that she was aware, cognizant of what was happening." -- court records show that Richey filed for a civil stalking protection order on September 12, 2012. Included in the filing is a letter to Andrew Nason.
I have 24 years of my life and memories here before the deaths of my Dad, Mother, husband. I am not leaving.Magistrate Kristi Wuebben did not grant the protection order. Klonda Richey is now dead.2
You have little time here with no emotional attachment. House is a trainwreck; no idea why you chose it when so many better ones are on the market w/few minor repairs necessary.
You paid 8k. I'll pay $3900 cash -- don't really want the house, but do want the trauma to my cats and fear to end. (They only go to that house because empty so long).
If you want to hurt me, shoot or stab me. Leave cats in peace. - Klonda Richey
Additionally, 2 News questioned Montgomery County Animal Control Director Mark Kumpf, who is now sitting on a pile of evidence showing his department's complete failure of duty to Klonda Richey. Kumpf called her death a "tragic accident" and "there is nothing foreseeable or doable" to prevent this type of occurrence. Kumpf played an active role in repealing Ohio's longstanding pit bull law, which prima facie declared all dog breeds "commonly known as a pit bull dog" vicious.
955.11 - (iii) Belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima-facie evidence of the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a vicious dog. - 955.11, Ohio Revised Code, 1988 to May 22, 2012The new state law, according to Kumpf, "basically levels the playing field for all breeds of dog" ... "Other than the one dog, we’ve had our hands tied," Kumpf said in a February 2012 article. "Kumpf was part of a group involved in rewriting the bill introduced last January ... If signed by the governor, the law would allow animal control officers to designate any dog as "nuisance," "dangerous" or "vicious," regardless of breed. Violators could be fined or face felony sanctions."
So what happened? Mark Kumpf should be fired for total failure of duty.Richey had surveillance cameras installed on her home. That video is now in the hands of Dayton police. Remember what Harshbarger said, "It is a significant period of time that she was aware, cognizant of what was happening." We predict that it was at least a 10-minute relentless, violent attack by two dogs that fall under the designation of a dog "commonly known as a pit bull dog," in Ohio jurisdictions that continue to have breed-specific pit bull laws, Dayton, sadly, not being one.
02/10/14: Autopsy Results Announced3
On Monday, Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger said that Klonda Richey died of blood loss. "The injuries were severe and multiple," Harshbarger said. "This is one of the worst that we've ever seen," he said. The crime lab is now working to match dental impressions left on Richey's body with the teeth of the two suspected dogs. After the barbaric attack upon Richey, police officers shot and killed both male dogs; their remains have been preserved as evidence.
On Sunday evening, both dog owners, Julie Custer and Andrew Nason, were released from jail. Dayton Police Sgt. Richard Blommel explained their release, "Due to the complex nature of the laws concerning animals, we just felt that at this point it would be better off to get our ducks in a row before we proceeded any further." Blommel said that police continue to investigate and will meet with prosecutors once again when they feel there is enough evidence for an indictment.
New information was also provided about previous complaints involving the two dogs (now being identified by the coroner as "cane corsos"). Both Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) and the Sheriff's Department have handled multiple complaints about the dogs at large. Many of the complaints, dating back to 2012, stem from an anonymous female who said the dogs were loose and aggressive; other complaints involved barking dogs or not having enough food.
In a March 16, 2013 report, a woman called the ARC to report that the mailman would no longer deliver mail to the street until a loose dog problem was resolved. "The dog has come after (the complainant) before and she states that now (the owner) will let his dog loose to go after her and her cats," the report states. Klonda Richey had 20 beloved cats in her home. After that report, an ARC employee left a warning on the door of 35 E. Bruce after knocking and receiving no answer.
See: Documents showing complaints from May 2012 to February 7, 2014
A Preventable Horror Story
An Associated Press article added that Richey was terrified of the two dogs. According to people that she knew, Richey had complained many times about the dogs and sought help from various public agencies. Richey had been harassed by the dogs' owners and built a high fence to protect herself and her 20 cats, said acquaintances interviewed by the Dayton Daily News (behind a paywall). Friends and co-workers of Richey said the problem had been going on for three years.
"She's always been terrified of those dogs," said Tim Bridwell, a friend who worked with Richey at Montgomery County Job & Family Services. Bridwell said that Richey told him that she tried to work through the legal system to get protection from the dogs, but felt that no one believed her. "She told me, and a lot of other people, she was afraid those dogs were going to kill her," Bridwell said. On Friday, February 7, that is exactly what happened when she stepped outside her door.
Images of Dayton fatal dog mauling victim Klonda Richey at different times in the past year:
Mauling Victim Identified
When the evening news cycle unfolded, many new details were provided. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the fatal dog mauling victim as Klonda Richey, 57-years old. An investigation by 2 NEWS showed that she worked for the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services for 25 years. The investigation also showed that six 911 calls were made about a dog at 35 E. Bruce Ave (from 2013 to present); five of them were made by Richey herself.
A multitude of pit bull deflection breed names have surfaced thus far, including: mixed-breed, mastiff-mix, bullmastiff and mastiff-cane corso mix. Ohio is unique in that it formerly had a statewide pit bull law (1988 to 2012). During this period, and still today, the definition of a pit bull is broadly defined as a dog "commonly known as a pit bull dog" and includes the gamut of pit bull derivatives: American bulldogs and pit bull-mastiff mix breeds (cane corso, presa canario, etc).4
Mark Kumpf, Director of Montgomery County’s Animal Resource Center, told 2 NEWS he was aware of nine complaints, but, he said, "we've never located them or seen [the dogs]." Kumpf's agency had never even SEEN the dogs. They are listed in the licensing database as "mixed-breeds," a label presumably given by the dogs' owners. This did not stop Kumpf from telling media outlets the dogs were "mastiff-mixes" to deflect early police reports of the dogs being pit bulls.
Further, a hot tipper sent in this horrific detail about one of the dogs' owners, Andrew Nason: September 2012, booked into Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of endangering a child. The child wound up in intensive care after Nason said the child fell down a flight of stairs. The law is no stranger to these dog owners, Custer and Nason, who of course had to add pit bull-type dogs to their home. Julie Custer's Facebook page shows multiple children and her fatally attacking dogs.
Finally, the Dayton Daily News is claiming that this is the third fatal dog attack in Montgomery County in the last 17-months. We believe it is the second fatality, the first being the death of Dawn Jurgens, 76, of Trotwood in September 2012. The possible third fatality occurred in Miami County. In late November 2012, Elizabeth Hirt, 93, was badly injured by her two Boston terriers. She died on December 11, 2012, according to her obituary. We have little other information about her death.
02/07/14: Dog Owners Identified
WDTN names the dogs' owners as Julie Custer, 25, and Andrew Nason, 28; both are being charged with reckless homicide. Sgt. Richard Blommel told WDTN, "It's not like the dogs' owners were four houses down. They were right next door," Blommel said. "I can't imagine the blood curdling screams of someone being attacked would not be heard by someone who lives next door," Blommel added. Both Custer and Nason were booked into the Montgomery County Jail.
02/07/14: Dog Owners in Custody
Dayton Daily News video coverage shows the two owners of the dogs handcuffed and being hauled away by Dayton police. Authorities believe the 57-year old victim walked outside early this morning to take out the trash or pick up a package when she was attacked and killed by the two loose dogs, now being described as pit bull-mastiff mixes. The victim was discovered at about 8:20 am Friday morning, after police received a report of a naked woman on the sidewalk.
When officers arrived on scene, the two dogs charged the officers who then shot both animals to death. Police have received nine previous complaints about the dogs running at large, and both dogs are licensed, according to authorities. Police said the victim did have a coat on when she walked outside, but the dogs "tore the woman's clothes off during the attack." It is unknown what degree of charges, if any, the two dog owners face. Homicide detectives continue to investigate.
Criminal Charges in Ohio?
There have been 11 fatal dog maulings in the State of Ohio since 2005, only one, the death of Ernie Assad, resulted in criminal charges. In that case, the dogs -- a pit bull and American bulldog -- belonged to former Cleveland Browns tight end Darnell Sanders, who had asked a friend, Natalie Gruttadauria, to watch them while he was away. The dogs got loose and attacked Assad while he was watering plants in his backyard. Charges against Natalie were later dismissed.5
02/07/14: Pit Bulls Kill Woman
Dayton, OH - In a developing story,6 Dayton Police report that a woman was killed by two pit bulls outside her East Bruce Avenue home. In a horrific, but predictable scenario, the news article bluntly states: "Dayton Police say they came upon the woman's body on the sidewalk. A nearby neighbor called 911 and reported seeing the body on the sidewalk. She said the body was face down and naked." Officers shot and killed both pit bulls suspected to have attacked the woman.
A number of fatal pit bull attacks involve the victim being stripped naked -- including their shoes -- during the violent attack.Police obtained a warrant for 35 East Bruce Avenue, where they arrested two people, a man and a woman, on suspicion of the owning the two pit bulls. The deceased woman's identity has not been released, pending notification of family members. What is known is that this woman died a violent death at the jaws of two pit bulls, and as she tried to protect herself, the dogs ripped off her likely substantial clothing (snow) leaving her dead and completely naked on a sidewalk near her home.
2Richey also filed an appeal, which was denied by Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Krumholtz in February of 2013. Between 2011 and 2013, Andrew Nason had three other protection orders filed against him, none of the three by Klonda Richey. All three were dismissed.
3The original Dayton Daily News article that was linked to was live for about 24 hours then removed by the newspaper (or placed behind a paywall). That is pathetic. DogsBite.org will no longer link to "any" Dayton Daily News article. The original link has been replaced with a WHIO.com article that is closely related.
4Ohio v. Anderson, 1991, Supreme Court of Ohio - "Appellee's contention is based on the confusion which he believes has arisen as to whether the statute covers only purebred pit bulls or mixed breeds as well. We perceive this as a problem of semantics alone. If a dog possesses the physical and behavioral traits discussed in this opinion, then its owner must comply with the statute or risk arrest and prosecution for noncompliance. The formal breed name which has been assigned to the dog is not relevant...
Ohio's pit bull statute is the product of a prudent legislative compromise and sound public policy. Appellee's brief suggests that if the legislature had referenced particular dog breeds, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, then the statute would be constitutionally viable. Since we find the phrase "commonly known as a pit bull" sufficient to inform a dog owner of ordinary intelligence as to the conduct prohibited, we find this argument unpersuasive. Moreover, sound public policy compels us to find the Ohio statute superior to those statutes which rely on recognized dog breeds."
5Scroll down to: What happened in the case of two dogs that mauled an 82-year-old man outside his Parma home on April 13, 2005? Notably, the charges were merely misdemeanor charges.
6This is a developing story -- a slightly newer article is naming the dog breed "mastiff-mixes."
09/05/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Trotwood Senior Citizen Killed by Own Dogs
10/21/10: State Law Only Allows for Meager Charges After Near Fatal Mauling
02/07/10: Tom Skeldon, the 'Biased' Blade and Recent Ruling Halting Enforcement of Toledo...
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| 2/07/2014 7:08 PM |
Here is one of Julie Custer's dogs -- it certainly is a pit-mastiff mix of some kind:
| 2/07/2014 10:17 PM |
"It is totally obscene that these dogs had nine complaints against them and Animal Control did squat. AC should be up on charges as well."
Amen! The people of Montgomery County deserve a Dog Warden that understands that one of the biggest parts of his job is PUBLIC SAFETY!!
| 2/08/2014 2:42 PM |
Owning a dog (any dog) should require a properly regulated licence. As someone above said, the authorities did squat (did they at least go check?). Give those guys better training, and more teeth
| 2/08/2014 11:09 PM |
At this point, with this breed-name game the pit bull lobby plays, the only correct way to refer to all of these dogs is 'pit bull type dog'. Indeed, the judges were correct when they wrote that an artificial name pasted onto a pit bull type by a kennel club isn't relevant. These clubs can add or change any of those names any time they like by voting, as they did when they registered the first fighting pit bulls as 'American Staffordshire Terriers'. These votes and the pieces of paper that result don't change the genetics of the actual animals.
Secondly, saying it's not a pit bull mix but a mastiff mix is like saying 50/50 is different from 50/50.
Finally, being a 'mastiff mix' doesn't exonerate any dog from being inherently dangerous. Here's a piece of the real history (not breed club romantic fiction) of the mastiff type, collected from original ancient sources everyone can check:
"The references by Roman writers to the canes pugnaces of Roman Britain suggest a dog of a large and heavy type. Oppian says the fighting dog had light brown eyes, truncated muzzle, loose skin above the brows, a broad back, great stature, and muscular legs.
Gratius Falsius an ancient Roman author and historian wrote in the year 8 AD of a large exhibition of dog fights in the ancient Roman amphitheatres between the Pugnaces Britanniae from Britannia and the Molossus from Epirus. The exhibition reflected the wide-mouthed dogs from Britain were far superior to the ancient Greek Molossus.
“Although the British dogs are distinguished neither by colour nor good anatomy, I could not find any particular faults with them. When grim work must be done, when special pluck is needed when Mars summons us to battle most extreme, then the powerful Molossus will please you less and the Athamanen dog cannot measure up to the skill of the British dog either. ”
Gratius Falsius, 8 AD
In 43 AD, the Roman conquest of Britain made Britannia a Roman province. At that time, in Britain there were giant, wide-mouthed dogs, which the Romans called Pugnaces Britanniae, that surpassed their Molossus dogs. A Procurator Cynegii, was stationed in Venta Belgarum and responsible for selecting these dogs, which were exported to Rome for contests in the amphitheatre and for integration into the military of ancient Rome as war dogs.
The 'Pugnaces' dogs of Roman Britain were specifically referred to by the Greek historian Arrian in 130 AD."
[source of this summary of ancient writings: http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/oct2008/war-dogs.html]
Note that the British mastiffs were so savage that they impressed the Romans as much better than the attack dogs the Romans themselves had developed. Note also that these superior British mastiffs became the root stock from which all modern mastiffs world-wide have been developed.
Note also that these mastiffs are the same stock from which the bear-, bull- and horse-baiting, bulldogs of England's royal court were bred, later mixed with a small amount of terrier to make the smaller, more easily hidden pit fighting bulldog.
| 2/08/2014 11:21 PM |
I can't find any research into the incidence of the heritable behavioral trait 'impulsive aggression' in the mastiff types. However, given their origins, purpose and size, and given the frequency with which this trait occurs in the various pit bull types, it seems foolish to me to be mixing any mastiff type with pit bull type. The risk is great that you will end up with a dog several times the size of the average pit bull type, that does happen to inherit the impulsive aggression trait. The trait is strongly heritable – a dog doesn’t have to be fully half pit bull to have high risk of possessing it.
It is in any case not an exoneration of any dog to say ‘it’s a mix of mastiff and pit bull’, no matter which half you choose to list first.
It’s unfortunate that publishing this information will likely make these mixes all the more popular in the arms race that’s going on re inherently aggressive dog types.
| 2/09/2014 1:05 AM |
Comment left on the DogsBite.org FaceBook page:
Montgomery county Animal control was contacted NINE TIMES about these dogs and they did nothing until this woman was killed.
This is the same county AC that received 2 OUTSTANDING ANIMAL CONTROL AGENCY AWARDS from the National Animal Control Association in 2010 and 2012.
The same county ac employees received 2 additional awards
And they had 9 chances to save this woman's life and chose to do nothing, but NACA sure seems to love them.
| 2/09/2014 12:31 PM |
This is the same county dog warden who ignored calls from neighbors and from the USPS about dogs living in an abandoned house and walking on the roof barking at passersby for a YEAR. Neighbors complained that the whole neighborhood smelled like death and justifiably so, both living and dead dogs were finally removed from the home. Read the last story in this post for more details. Kumpf is a huge liability to Montgomery County.
| 2/10/2014 5:35 PM |
I truly hope authorities burn over this one. They have as much, if not more, culpability than the dog owners. It is time to purge AC and LE of these corrupt criminals.
This horror scenario also demonstrates that Smith and Wesson are the animal control agents of last resort.
| 2/10/2014 5:41 PM |
That poor women, this was a preventable nightmare, and a horror show. That she knew it was coming, and feared for years, while desperately trying to get help, is the worst part.
She was stuck- the law wasn't helping, even a little, and she lived in fear. But if she had taken the law into her own hands and killed the dogs any of the times they were threatening, she would be in jail for cruelty.
This story makes me madder than most. If those owners aren't jailed for murder, there is no justice at all in this world. I hope her cats can be saved at least.
| 2/10/2014 5:59 PM |
My God, "Friends of Richey hope her surveillance cameras captured the attack or will help investigators in their case."
| 2/10/2014 6:09 PM |
The victim (911 call): "Once again I have those two pitbull mastiff's up my driveway"... "I'm trying to put a lawnmower together. I should not have to pick up a tool and chase these dogs down"..."This has gone on for a year and a half now. I'm done! You know I don't want to get a gun. I don't want to get a gun permit. I'm anti guns! I can't live like this!"
| 2/11/2014 5:59 AM |
unfortunately not anymore, their role is to protect pit bulls and their owners, thanks to the pit bull lobby and our friends at "Best Friends".
Good to know the owners of these dangerous killer dogs are at home watching TV now, or probably shopping for new killer dogs.
This is a sickening story of discrimination and injustice. I wish so much she had gotten a gun. I really do. And blown those dogs heads off while they were in her driveway.
| 2/11/2014 9:34 AM |
WTF is going through AC's hive mind when they get calls like the one truthbird reports, huh?
"Oh, just another hysterical woman," maybe?
Again, I say Animal Control is at least partially at fault for this woman's death. This reminds me a lot of the Sue Gorman case, but with even an even more horrific outcome.
| 2/11/2014 12:13 PM |
My God: "According to Montgomery County Common Pleas court records the victim, Klonda Richey, filed for a civil stalking protection order (against NASON) on September 12, 2012..." -- Magistrate Kristi Wuebben did not grant the protection order.
| 2/11/2014 2:28 PM |
It looks as though this woman fought the best she could without taking the law into her own hands and start shooting.
If she had taken a gun and shot the dogs, my guess is her 'friendly neighbors' would have pursued any criminal charges that might have applied (cruelty, discharging a weapon in city limits, etc.) and sued her for the "value" of the dogs, and THEN gone and got more dogs.
Klonda was begging for help and NO ONE IN THE SYSTEM LISTENED TO HER.
What is wrong with this country?
| 2/12/2014 12:59 AM |
It seems County Animal Controls are slowly, methodically being taken over by pit bull rescue and anti BSL groups with their big money propaganda machinery. They dupe animal lovers to think a more humane animal control is being issued in, and that's how they gain support. You don't find out until later preference is given to the pits and their types and the other aim is to pressure lawmakers to repeal local BSL. I have to wonder if another aim is to start hiding and skewing the DB numbers. They are in a unique position to do not only this, but also to purposefully misidentify the breeds involved.
| 2/12/2014 8:05 PM |
its entirely possible , but probably impossible to prove that those dogs were let loose on purpose to attack the victim . i can say this because it happened to me , that a pit owner deliberately let loose his pit to attack me and my dog .
| 2/14/2014 10:25 AM |
Jumped keeps claiming all but one of the calls were anonymous. How can it be???? She was so specific in her calls, and the media easily found out about them. Does he think by claiming that it somehow excuses his inaction? Of course he does. Every comment he has made has been self- serving.
| 2/15/2014 12:14 PM |
Every time I think this case cannot get more sad and horrific, new evidence comes out. I didn't know her, and I tear up every time I think about her attack and the years she lived in fear.
Talk about a failure- these people terrorized her, and no one cared because they were "just neighbors with dogs"? I guess we do a crappy job with stalking and harassment in general, but there is no excuse at all for the denial of a protection order, no reason at all for no action by AC or the police. These were low life criminals! Harassing a law abiding citizen! If laws can't help, why have them?
Had Klonda taken the law into her own hands, and killed those beasts, the cops would be using all this evidence to show that she had been plotting "animal cruelty" out of "revenge". Pit bulls have MORE rights than people do.
There are NO laws when a person is harassed by a dog, but if you harass a dog, they have all the resources in the world to track you down and jail you.
| 2/16/2014 2:37 PM |
Here are some clips from the surveillance camera:
This on her cats:
| 2/21/2014 11:22 AM |
Dayton citizens speaking out at Dayton City Council. We live in a "crime containment zone" and a "systemic dysfunction in law enforcement"...I have a terrible feeling there will be no charges.
| 2/21/2014 1:10 PM |
Fire at the dog mauling house today. "First responders are calling a fire this morning at 35 E. Bruce Ave. suspicious. That's the former home of two dogs that reportedly mauled a woman to death earlier this month."
| 2/22/2014 1:05 PM |
Anita, there is more information here. Yes, Nason owned the home.
"Payne declined to comment further on the investigation. Earlier reports said damage was estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000. According to the Montgomery County Auditor’s website, the home is valued at $22,870. Nason purchased the home in 2011 for $8,000, the website says."
| 2/13/2015 7:00 PM |
February 2015 -- Klonda's estate has filed a wrongful death case against the Montgomery County Commissioners, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC), ARC director/Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf and various John Does.
| 4/07/2016 11:46 AM |
This story really disgusts me. Her neighbor got these two dogs to scare Klonda, and to torment her. I think he let them off leash on purpose, hoping they would attack her, and they did. It really is scary that there are people out in our world like this. I'm a huge dog lover and have two of my own, but someone needs to put restrictions on who can own these bully breed dogs. Instead, anyone can go online and buy one. My dog was viscously attacked by a pit bull which was off leash. This pit came running towards her, unprovoked, and ripped a hole in her stomach that required 20 staples and a drain. Not to mention the other various bites on her legs. And this was another irresponsible pit bull owner letting his dog run free, saying " he's never done that before". Sure he hasn't! You had no idea your dog was vicious!? This crap needs to stop. This breed should be banned or heavily restricted.
| 4/09/2016 1:33 PM |
The guy bought these dogs specifically to kill this woman and her cats she had multiple cats and he was having the dogs maul them deliberately. It was on investigation discovery on a show called fear thy neighbor
| 1/17/2017 6:05 AM |
I hope that Nason got a shive in his back in jail or even better a Christmas tree shaped knife in his rectum. Custer hopefully will have to carpet munch a big butch lady while in jail. They committed murder and get a slap on the wrist. Someone should burn their house to the ground with them in it. Klonda deserves justice. Wherever you are Klonda I'm sorry you were let down by our bullshit system. Like I always tell people, cops will not prevent your murder but you can die in peace knowing they will send the murder to jail or the death penalty for murdering you. In this case they didn't even get charged with first degree murder, which it was.
| 4/29/2017 2:26 AM |
Just wanted to let readers know that Andrew L. Nason was recently put away for up to 5-years for child abuse.
"April 11, 2017 - A Dayton man who spent months in jail for failure to control his dogs that mauled and killed his neighbor Klonda Richey in February 2014, is now heading to prison for a child abuse case. Andrew L. Nason, 32, now of Englewood, was found guilty Tuesday for causing severe head injuries to his girlfriend's two year old daughter in 2012. The toddler was taken by ambulance from the home where Nason was babysitting her while her mother was at work, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's office. Nason was found guilty of felony assault and two counts of child endangering. He was sentenced to five years in prison."
| 5/21/2017 2:10 PM |
Anyone know how accurate that Fear Thy Neighbor episode was?
They make it sound like Klonda just let all her cats run free. I can't see a cat lover doing that in town. I also can't see animal control being fine with that.
| 5/22/2017 12:12 PM |
Obviously it was dramatized for TV. Still, prior to him moving in next door (they had backyards not separated by a fence) her cats roamed both yards. That all changed after she built her fence, which was primarily to keep her cats in and his dogs out. Forget animal control in this county. They don't respond to much! In "broad strokes," the TV depiction was fairly accurate and concentrated on the escalating feud. Her estate's lawsuit would have the most accurate version of events -- we have not seen those documents nor has the legal case been resolved yet.
| 1/13/2018 6:01 AM |
I can't find Klonda on your google map of dog bite fatalities.
Am I just missing it?
I was trying to figure out how many had been killed by pits since Ohio dropped the ban.
When one man let loose his collection of dangerous wild animals Ohio tightened up the laws on keeping those kinds of animals even though no one was killed.
I see 8 pit deaths since the law was changed not counting Klonda.
Thanks for all your hard work.
| 1/13/2018 9:22 AM |
nowhereman - Our Google map is only for pit bull fatalities. Klonda was a very close case indeed, but director Kumpf countered the police report version, claiming they were both "mastiff-mixes." Kumpf is also being sued by Klonda's estate. So the case is not over.
| 1/23/2018 9:57 AM |
I remember this horrifying case when it first came out. I would have loved to have had Ms. Richey as a neighbor, and while Nason and Custer should have faced felony charges (in my opinion, Nason and Custer, knowing their dogs were aggressive and encouraging their animals in this behavior, premeditated this crime), there was also a multiple tiered failure by both animal control and the court system that chose to neglect Ms. Richey's welfare. As a teenager, I had a Nason like neighbor who used to threaten us and would encourage his pit bull mix to attack us (thankfully that b****** and his dog are both deceased). Let's start prosecuting dangerous dog owners under felony laws and giving them real legal penalties, not just fines and probations.