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State fights chimp victim's effort to sue state

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Connecticut official says a woman mauled by a chimpanzee should not be allowed to sue the state, saying taxpayers should not be held liable for injuries inflicted by a privately owned animal.

Charla Nash wants to sue the state over allegations it failed in its duty to restrict the ownership of dangerous animals as pets and protect residents from harm. Her case is pending with the claims commissioner.

The attorney general's office argued in legal papers Thursday that Nash's proper remedy is with the chimp owner or other private parties.

The state says Nash was aware wild animals such as the chimp can be dangerous and told others she was afraid of the chimp.

A message was left with Nash's attorney.

Nash had a face transplant after the 2009 attack.

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