DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than two years after a Dayton woman was fatally mauled by two dogs, lawmakers at the Ohio House of Representatives are now hearing legislation aimed at preventing future attacks.
If passed, the Klonda Richey Act would mean stricter penalties for Ohio dog owners.
Klonda Richey was killed by her neighbors dogs in Dayton in February 2014. Richey had made at least a dozen complaints to Police about the animals. A grand jury declined felony charges against the dog owners, instead both pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges for failing to control dogs.
The bill would require owners of dogs deemed too dangerous to register them in a database. Also, it would extend the amount of time felons cannot own dogs from 3 years to 5 years.
We spoke with officials at a local shelter who say preventing attacks comes down to the owner and how well their dog is trained.
“If you are not doing what you need to do as a pet owner to protect yourself to protect your family, your neighbors and your community then I think that’s what we need to be addressing,” SICSA Executive Director Nora Vondrell said. “Responsible pet ownership.”
The bill had it’s third hearing Tuesday. 2 NEWS reached out to the bill sponsor about the next step for the bill, but have yet to hear back.