“We want a good law that will protect the community,” Rezabek said.
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The bills in the House and Senate are both named after Richey, who was fatally attacked by her neighbor’s mixed breed mastiffs on Feb. 7, 2014. Richey, 57, had called local authorities dozens of times to report concerns about the dogs in the two years leading up to her death.
Klonda Richey bills failed to gain traction in two previous legislative sessions: one died in committee in 2014 and Beagle’s bill introduced in April 2015 was voted out of the Senate in December 2016 without enough time to go through the House.
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Rezabek and Huffman said in their written testimony that a few months after Richey’s death, a dog that had previously attacked another dog mauled a 7-month-old baby to death; and in April 2017, a Dayton man was mauled to death by a pit bull that had been the source of previous complaints.