Death of Michigan woman mauled by dogs ruled a suicide

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OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – A 22-year-old woman’s death has been ruled a suicide after she was mauled by two dogs.

Authorities from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office say that Rebecca Hardy willingly climbed over a fence into a yard with two dogs.

“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.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, Hardy had recently been kicked out of her home and had attempted suicide before. The attack happened Thursday afternoon and Hardy died at the hospital after suffering from several head and neck injuries.

The two dogs, a pit bull and a husky mix were both euthanized Friday.

Hardy’s  fiancé, Matthew Grattan said he doesn’t believe she did this willingly.

“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.”

Police say after Hardy went into the yard, a witness attempted to subdue the dogs. Shortly after the owner was able to control the dogs and help Hardy.

“This is not a situation like the kid that was attacked by similar kinds of dogs out on the street,” Dragovic said. She was referring to a 4-year-old mauled by dogs after the dogs had escaped their yard. In that case, the owner is charged.

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