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WV Supreme Court reinstates lawsuit in pit bull death

By The Associated Press
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West Virginia’s highest court has reinstated a lawsuit against a dog warden by the widow of a 70-year-old man fatally mauled by pit bulls while taking a walk in 2009.

The Supreme Court says Monroe Circuit Judge Robert Irons wrongly dismissed the lawsuit last year against the county commission and Dog Warden Patricia Green.

The court says there are facts in dispute, sending the case back to the trial court.

Dreama Bowden said she complained earlier to Green about the aggressive dogs and the dog warden promised the county would take care of it. Green denied receiving the complaint or making assurances.

According to the court, all five dogs were later euthanized, and the man who owned four of them pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanors, including involuntary manslaughter.

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