Port Huron woman fatally mauled by pit bulls

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Port Huron police are trying to determine why a 22-year-old woman climbed a fence into a yard holding two pit bulls that mauled her so badly that she later died at a hospital.

According to police, the attack that led to the death of Rebecca Hardy occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 1700 block of 10th Street.

Hardy, who lived one block from where the attack occurred, suffered extensive injuries to her head, face and neck. She was taken to a Beaumont Hospital, where she died Thursday night, according Lt. Scott Pike.

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Authorities say the dogs’ owner has been cooperative during their investigation and hasn’t been charged.

The dogs — a pit bull and pit bull husky mix — are being housed and quarantined in a St. Clair County animal shelter pending the investigation.

“We’ve had people injured by dogs in the past,” Pike said. “Don’t know if I can recall of someone dying of a dog attack.”

If any charges come out, it will be determined by a collaborative effort between police and the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office, Pike said.

The dog attack in Port Huron comes one day after a pit bull snatched a 4-year-old boy, Xavier Strickland, from his mother’s grasp and, along with three other dogs, mauled the child to death Wednesday in Detroit.

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The attack occurred at about 12:25 p.m. in the 15500 block of Baylis near the Lodge Freeway Service Drive and Fenkell on the city’s west side.

The owner of the Detroit pit bulls was arrested Wednesday.

The man remained in custody early Thursday and may face charges including negligent homicide or manslaughter, police said. He also is cooperating with police, officials have said.