On Friday, Wayne Bartlett appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court where he pleaded guilty to two counts of vicious and dangerous dogs and two counts of failure to have rabies vaccinations.
Bartlett was cited after his dogs attacked and killed 65-year-old Melissa Barnes.
A restitution hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 13 before Justice Court Judge Rick West.
The citations are violations of Gallatin County’s dog control ordinances.
A vicious and dangerous dogs citation carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine. And failure to have rabies vaccinations are punishable by a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $150 for the third.
On the morning of June 24, Barnes was in her yard at 5499 Love Lane when she was attacked by the two dogs belonging to Bartlett, who is a tenant living on Barnes’ property.
Barnes was flown to a Billings hospital where she died the next day.
Both dogs were euthanized voluntarily after the attack, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Both tested negative for rabies.
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