Port Huron dog mauling death ruled suicide

Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy
Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy

PORT HURON, Mich. – The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a 22-year-old woman attacked by dogs in Port Huron as a suicide.

Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy, of Port Huron, was found Thursday by officers in the backyard of a home in the 1700 block of 10th Street. She had suffered injuries on her neck and face. She was taken to Lake Huron Medical Center before being airlifted to Beaumont Hospital where she died from her injuries.

A spokesman for the Medical Examiner's Office said Hardy suffered multiple injuries. Her death has been ruled a suicide.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicated Hardy entered the fenced-in yard for an unknown reason. A pit bull and another dog in the backyard attacked her. A witness tried to free her from the dogs but could not.

The witness went in the home and got the owner to come out and help. The owner of the dogs was able to free the victim and gave aid to her.

The dogs were taken into custody by the Port Huron Police Department’s Animal Control Officer and were being held at the St. Clair County Animal Control Center.

The disposition of the dogs was being determined, police said.