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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the Monroe County Commission and a dog warden are responsible for the death of a man who was attacked by neighborhood dogs.

The justices heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by Dreama Bowden, whose husband, Lowell, died a week after the November 2009 attack in Lindside.

The State Journal reports a circuit court had ruled Bowden failed to make a valid claim that the Monroe County Commission and others were not immune from liability under state law.

Bowden alleges wrongful death and the failure of the commission and dog warden Patricia Green to collect taxes on the pit bulls. Her complaint also says Green failed to patrol the county and seize dogs that didn't have a valid registration tag.

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