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  • 10 February 2014, 10:06

Dog Death: Woman Killed By Neighbours' Animals

An animal-loving woman has been mauled to death on her doorstep by two dogs owned by a neighbour.

Police say they found 57-year-old Klonda Richey's naked body on a sidewalk, her clothes apparently having been torn off by the mastiff cross-breeds.

Officers who arrived at the scene were forced to shoot the two male animals when the pair charged at them.

Ms Richey's next-door neighbours, 28-year-old Andrew Nason and 23-year-old Julie Custer, were taken into custody soon afterwards.

They are being held in Dayton, Ohio, pending a formal charge of reckless homicide.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Ms Richey had complained several times about the animals but no action had been taken.

An autopsy was carried out by Montgomery County coroner on Saturday but the results were not due to be released until Monday.

Friends and neighbours described a woman who loved animals, particularly cats.

Ann Stevens, who worked with Ms Richey for 16 years, told the WHIO local TV station: "It's so ironic that this devout animal lover would be killed by animals in such a brutal, aggressive way. 

"Every conversation I had with Klonda included cats - she was very passionate about animals and their well being and because of that she always had a special place in my heart."

Ms Richey was also a volunteer for the Republican party.

Rob Scott, former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican party, said: "I ... couldn't believe it, I was shocked.

"She was always smiling and upbeat and positive, I never heard her say one negative thing about anyone. She always looked on the positive side of life."

The Dayton Daily News also reported Ms Richey owned and cared for at least 20 cats. She worked as a part-time supply clerk at the county children's' services office.

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