Lawsuit makes claims against Montgomery County in dog-mauling death

Documents filed in a civil lawsuit from a 2014 dog-mauling death allege the destruction of potential key evidence and include as a claim by the defendants, Montgomery County dog warden Mark Kumpf and the agency he heads, that Klonda Richey’s fatal injuries were the result of her teasing or tormenting the two dogs that attacked her.

Richey’s torn and naked body lie outside in sub-freezing temperatures on the morning of Feb. 7, 2014, until a passerby reported it in the snow around 8:15 a.m. When police responded, the dogs charged them and were shot and killed.

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Montgomery County commissioners have approved spending at least $165,000 since September 2015 for the services of attorney Michael W. Sandner, an attorney with Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling, to defend Kumpf and county offices from actions arising from Richey’s death, according to county records.

The wrongful death suit, filed in February 2015 by Richey’s estate, alleges that Kumpf recklessly and/or willingly failed in his duty to enforce existing laws nor sought to obtain a dangerous dog designation that may have given Richey “significant additional protections.”

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Kumpf and the Animal Resource Center “willfully and with malicious purpose destroyed highly relevant public records with intent to disrupt plaintiff’s existing lawsuit against defendant Mark Kumpf,” a complaint updated by Richey’s estate and filed Aug. 1 reads.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin March 11.

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