CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Supreme Court on Friday reversed a lower court's decision in the case of a man mauled to death by pit bulls.
Dreama Bowden sued the owners of the dogs and the county's dog warden on behalf of Lowell Bowden, who was attacked by several pit bulls near Lindside in Monroe County in 2009. He later died as a result of his injuries, according to the lawsuit.
Numerous members of the community had previously complained to the dog warden about the pit bulls running loose and attacking or biting people. And, according to the lawsuit, the county should have impounded the dogs, not only because they were vicious, but also because their owners never paid personal property taxes for their animals, among other reasons.
According to the high court's memorandum decision, before Bowden could amend her complaint and prove the dog warden was not immune to being sued, a judge wrongly dismissed it.