Death of Woman Who Was Mauled By Dogs is Ruled a Suicide: Officials
The death of a Michigan woman who was killed when she was attacked by two dogs was ruled a suicide, officials said Wednesday.
Rebecca Hardy, 22, was mauled to death by a pit bull and pit bull-husky mix about a block away from her Port Huron home about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The animals were eventually subdued and pulled off Hardy, who sustained extensive injuries to her head, face and neck, The Detroit News reported.
Hardy was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, but she could not be saved.
The dogs were euthanized the next day with the consent of their owner, who was cooperating with authorities.
The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office said Hardy died from multiple injuries and ruled the young mother’s death a suicide.
Information provided to the M.E.’s office reportedly indicated Hardy had recently been thrown out of her home and walked barefoot toward the yard.
“She climbed the fence and jumped in and basically subjected herself to the attacks, which constitutes a purposeful act,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic told The Times Herald.
Loved ones were unable to believe that Hardy would intentionally enter the yard if she knew she would be attacked.
“I, in no way, shape or form, believe that she was looking to hurt herself on that day,” Hardy’s fiancé, Matthew Grattan, told The Herald.
“She was full of life and she loved her daughter with everything,” Grattan said on a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for the future of their toddler, Molly.
Hardy’s heartbroken fiancé wrote on the page “our daughter looks for her mom every morning and I awake praying it was just a dream.”
City officials have begun to review Port Huron’s dog ordinances in light of the attack, which Grattan said was misguided.
He said a proposed ban, which he called "stupid," would do nothing to bring back his "beautiful fiancé" and that targeting an entire breed is unfair.
"I know countless pit bulls that would never hurt a fly," he wrote, saying that the breed is not inherently mean.