It has been announced that the Grand Jury in Dayton Ohio has refused to indict Andrew Nason and Julie Custer for involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide in the mauling death of Klonda Richey last February. Nason and Custer owned the two dogs responsible for the fatal mauling. Historical note - there were dozens of complaints made by Ms. Richey to Animal Control and to the Dayton police with no meaningful action taken by the Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf. Sternly worded post-it notes left on Nason and Custer's door had little impact on their behavior. Ms. Richey also predicted that the dogs would kill her. She asked the courts for a protection order and this was refused as well. Not surprising considering that this is Dayton Ohio we are talking about.
In other news, Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf is still employed by Montgomery County despite two mauling deaths in Dayton in roughly six months this year. In both cases there were multiple complaints about the dogs prior to the fatal attacks but no meaningful action was taken.
In reassuring news, the Dayton prosecutor is "working with the city of Dayton prosecutor to consider possible misdemeanor charges against Nason and Custer"
Across the state line in Michigan the owners of the two Cane Corsos that mauled jogger Craig Sytsma were quickly charged with murder.
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