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Goldenberg Schneider Successfully Appeals Fatal Dog Attack Decision

Goldenberg Schneider, joined by Minnillo & Jenkins, LPA, filed suit in Ohio state court seeking justice for Klonda Richey, who was viciously attacked and killed on February 7, 2014 by dangerous dogs owned by her neighbors.  For many months prior to the attack, Klonda complained to the authorities that the dogs were an imminent threat to her safety.  According to the complaint, Defendant Mark Kumpf (“Kumpf”), dog warden for Montgomery County and director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (“ARC”), took no action on any of her numerous complaints in reckless and/or willful disregard of his statutory duties.  The complaint alleges Kumpf improperly changed the focus of the ARC from enforcing the penalty provisions of Ohio Revised Code to a less strict “education model,” and that by failing to issue citations for the “dog at large” violations reported by Klonda, Kumpf prevented the dogs that killed Klonda from being designated as dangerous. Such a designation would have resulted in significant additional protections for Klonda.  Following Goldenberg Schneider’s success in the Second District Court of Appeals, the case is currently pending before Judge Mary Wiseman in the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County, Ohio.

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