Klonda Richey Fatal Dog Attack Litigation
Goldenberg Schneider, joined by Minnillo & Jenkins, LPA, recently obtained a $3.5 million settlement in a lawsuit 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, dog warden for Montgomery County and director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, took no action on any of her numerous complaints in reckless and/or willful disregard of his statutory duties.
Following Goldenberg Schneider’s success in the Second District Court of Appeals, the case was pending before Judge Mary Wiseman in the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County, Ohio. Goldenberg Schneider defeated Kumpf’s motion for summary judgment shortly before the case resolved. This settlement is believed to be the largest recovery ever against an animal control agency resulting from a dog attack.