Ohio Lawmakers Look to Improve Vicious Dog Law

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email
Ohio lawmakers plan to introduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen the state

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers plan to introduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen the state's vicious dog law following the mauling death of a Dayton woman.

Republican Sen. Bill Beagle and Democratic Rep. Roland Winburn recently convened a group of county dog wardens, prosecutors, law enforcement officials and legislators.

They discussed harsher penalties, how to target problem dog owners, and whether to set standards for warnings about dangerous dogs at homes.

The action comes two months after the mauling death of 57-year-old Klonda Richey, whose body was found outside her Dayton home on Feb. 7 several hours after she had been killed by two mixed mastiff dogs.

The dogs belonged to her neighbors, and records show that area agencies had field dozens of complaints since 2011.

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