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Friday, December 11, 2015

Woman Climbs Fence in a Backyard and Allowed Herself to be Mauled to Death by Dogs


Port Huron, Michigan -  Although authorities said 22-year-old Rebecca Hardy was intent on killing herself when she exposed herself to vicious dogs, the woman's fiancé is insisting she had everything to live for.
  
Hardy deliberately climbed a fence to a backyard and allowed herself to be mauled to death last Thursday in Port Huron, authorities said.

 She died at a local hospital with extensive injuries to her face and neck. The death was ruled a suicide from injuries caused by multiple dogs mauling her, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office.

 "These were attack dogs. These were vicious dogs in an enclosed space," Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic said. "She obviously was aware of that, because she climbed over the fence to subject herself to this threat."
  
He said his office's investigation shows Hardy had recently been kicked out of her house and had attempted suicide in the past. A toxicology report is still pending, but Dragovic said it wouldn't matter if she were intoxicated: "If (drugs or alcohol) were a factor in general behavior, it still does not eliminate the purposeful act of climbing into the dangerous area."

After the attack at about 4:45 p.m. last Thursday, Hardy was taken to Lake Huron Medical Center and later flown to Beaumont Hospital, where she died, the Port Huron (Mich.) Times Herald reports. The two dogs, a pit bull and a pit bull-husky mix, were euthanized the next day. A pit bull-husky mix puppy was also euthanized.
  
Hardy had an 18-month-old daughter with her fiancé, Matthew Grattan. He told The Times Herald on Wednesday that he finds it hard to believe that she would do anything to harm herself.

"I, in no way, shape or form believe that she was looking to hurt herself on that day," Grattan said. "She had a little girl. … She wanted us to be a family."

Dragovic said he didn't immediately know whether there were signs Hardy resisted the dogs' attacks at any point. He also said that she lived nearby and would have been familiar with the area.

"This is not a situation like the kid that was attacked by similar kinds of dogs out on the street," Dragovic said, referring to a Dec. 2 incident in Detroit where a 4-year-old boy was mauled to death after dogs escaped a home. In the Detroit case, the dogs' owner is charged with murder.

Grattan said he's trying not to pay attention to the controversy surrounding Hardy's death.

"It's so much about the pit bulls that it seems like it's not so much about my fiancée anymore," Grattan said.
  


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