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Man responsible for trap that led to Missoula dog death sentenced

Posted at 7:12 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 12:41:54-05

It was an emotional day in a Missoula courtroom on Wednesday as the man charged with setting an illegal trap that killed a family dog was sentenced for the crime.

A judge sentenced Jaymz Partida, to six months in jail, with all but five days suspended for failure to recess a trap, and for helping to set four other illegal traps. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and almost $400 in restitution to the dog's owners.

The courtroom was packed as Betsy's owner told the court how he carried his dead dog home after finding her caught in that trap that was set near Hiberta Road in Missoula. Brian Dalpes says he attempted CPR on his pet but was not successful.

Partida apologized in court, admitting he did not read or follow trapping laws, and says he has no plans to ever trap again.

"I've had some explaining to do to my kids as well, and they weren't too happy because they are animal lovers,” said Partida. “Just so Betsy didn't die in vain, I don't need to trap again."

Partida has also been also ordered to take a trapping class next month and will not be allowed to get a hunting, fishing, or trapping license for 10 years.