No indictments in Klonda Richey dog mauling death

Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 2:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 3:25 PM


            Grand jury gives no felony indictments to dog owners
Grand jury gives no felony indictments to dog owners

UPDATE @2:55 p.m.: 9/11/2014

Andrew Nason, 29, and Julie Custer, 25, are not facing any charges related to a fatal dog mauling.

FIRST REPORT @2 p.m. 9/11/2014

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Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck will hold a news conference today in relation to the Klonda Richey dog mauling case.

Richey, 57, was attacked outside of her home at 31 E. Bruce Ave. in the early morning hours of Feb. 7 by two mixed mastiff dogs. The dogs were registered to Julie Custer, 25, who lived at 35 E. Bruce Ave. with the homeowner, Andrew Nason, 29.

When police responded to the report of Richey's body, they were charged by the dogs, who were shot and killed.

Police took Custer and Nason into custody while executing a search warrant after the attack. They were held in Montgomery County jail, pending possible charges of reckless homicide. They were released two days later without charges being filed.

Richey, who worked for Montgomery County Children Services and lived with about 20 cats, sought protection from the dogs and her neighbors for months before her death, according to records obtained by this newspaper from the county and courts.

In total, 13 complaints were filed with the Animal Resource Center and another 46 calls were made to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center related to Nason's home between Dec. 27, 2011, and Richey's death on Feb. 7.

Most of the Animal Resource Center calls were anonymous but 23 of the calls to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center were from Richey or associated with Richey's phone number. The majority of the calls were about the dogs at the Nason house, but other calls included complaints about juveniles, fireworks and other activity.

Richey was ultimately denied a civil stalking protection order in April 2013.