Bozeman woman on life support after dog attack


BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Bozeman woman is on life support after a vicious dog attack early Saturday morning.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said two dogs attacked Melissa Barnes, 65, while she was gardening at her home on Love Lane around 8 a.m.

The sheriff said one dog was a pit bull. The other breed has not been determined.

A nearby neighbor called in the attack, Gootkin said. Barnes was then taken to the hospital by helicopter.

Both dogs were euthanized and tested for rabies at the Montana Department of Livestock's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Gootkin said, and the results came back negative.

Gootkin held a news conference about the attack Monday afternoon at the Gallatin County Detention Center. He said both dogs were owned by her tenants who lived on the victim's property.?

The sheriff says the dogs were not current on their vaccinations.

Gootkin said there is no risk to the public at this time.

Barnes is brain-dead and is currently being kept on life support.

No charges have been filed, but the incident is still under investigation.

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