Thursday, May 29, 2014

Justice for Klonda Richey

The Montgomery County Grand Jury is expected to reach a decision this week on whether the owners of the dogs that killed Klonda Richey should face criminal charges.

A Dayton area task force has been created to look into possible changes in procedures that might prevent a similar attack in the future.  Per WDTN " Sheriff Plummer said the problem is a lack of communication and too many agencies, with too little power.
“Someone should have seen something is going on here. We are really talking about communication issues, policy issues, you know how are we going to handle situations like this?” he asked.
The newly formed 9-member panel has already met 3 times and is made up of law enforcement, a state representative, local business leaders, a veterinarian, and officials from both the Animal Resource Center and the Humane Society."

Sheriff Plumber has suggested that deputies receive training in animal control so they don't have to rely on Montgomery County Animal Resource Center or Humane Society investigators when dealing with animals.  This would appear to make the services of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center investigators  redundant. 
As Sheriff Plumber stated "Someone should have seen something going on here" and that responsibility falls to Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf.  His policy of leaving a sternly worded post-it note on dog on the front doors of dog owners without any follow up has proven to be an epic failure.   
Please watch the video that goes with the WDTN  news story.  The dogs are no longer being identified as anything other than what Klonda Richel called them herself, pit bull/mastiff mixes.   

It has been reported that state lawmakers are considering changes to the law passed just two years ago "to finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."  The law, written by an out of state PAC to suit their agenda has proven to be an epic failure.  Since passage of HB 14 seven Ohio residents have been killed by dogs.   One of those killed was Klonda Richey and she deserved better.