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Owner of dogs involved in fatal attack on Bozeman woman: “They never showed aggression.”

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Bartlett said the dogs were well-trained pets and had never shown aggressive behavior before. Bartlett said the dogs were well-trained pets and had never shown aggressive behavior before.
Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the dogs, was not home at the time of the attack. Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the dogs, was not home at the time of the attack.
BOZEMAN -

A woman is brain-dead after being attacked by two dogs on Saturday in Bozeman.

Authorities says that the two dogs - a pit bull and pit bull mix - attacked Melissa Barnes in the backyard of a property on Love Lane.

The 65-year-old woman remains on life support in Billings until her organs can be donated.

Barnes owned the property where the attack took place. The property has multiple rentals on it and the dogs belonged to a renter.

Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the dogs, was not home at the time of the attack.

Bartlett said his niece was at the home with his girlfriend's two young children and the children went outside without permission to talk to Barnes just before the attack happened.

Bartlett said the dogs were well-trained pets and had never shown aggressive behavior before.

"I do know Melissa, I've rented from her for six years,” said Bartlett. “She's sweet, she's very hard-working, she works day and night, she's always really kind to me. My dog Bain has lived here just as long, never really had a problem with him, they never showed aggression towards her or anybody else. I'm not sure exactly what could've happened."

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said during a press conference on Monday that the investigation is continuing, and they do not yet know if the owner of the dogs will face any criminal charges.

Gootkin said the woman was doing yard work at the time of the attack.

The dogs have been euthanized. They were taken to the Montana Department of Livestock’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, which does animal necropsies for rabies. The lab is on MSU property, but it is not part of MSU, according to university officials.

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