An autopsy has confirmed that a Chicago man was killed by at least one of his two pet pit bulls.
Charles Hagerman, 44, was found dead in his Englewood home by his wife around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, CBS Chicago reports. Hagerman had visible bite marks and injuries, and the couple's pit bulls were hovering nearby.
One of the two dogs was biting Hagerman's neck when his wife first entered the home on the 5600 block of South Racine Avenue, according to the Chicago Tribune. The woman ran outside and called police on her cell phone, who summoned animal control personnel.
Authorities originally suspected that Hagerman was already dead when the dogs found him, according to the Associated Press.
But an autopsy Thursday confirmed that Hagerman's cause of death was multiple injuries from a dog attack, including a fatal neck injury, NBC Chicago reports. The death was ruled accidental, according to the medical examiner's office.
The city's Animal Care and Control office has removed the dogs from the home.
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Winner in the Military Dogs category, Bino served almost 11 years at the 35th MP Detachment at Ft. Gordon in August, Ga., as a Narcotics Detection and Patrol Canine. The Dutch Shepherd spent 14 months in Iraq and contributed to special missions with the Border Patrol in the war on drugs.
Based in Fountain Hills, Ariz., Harley won the highest honor in the Hearing Dogs category. Harley's owner, Nancy Otte, said having the dog has changed her life. "Harley has given me self confidence and a feeling of equality with others that I'd not experienced before," Otte wrote in the contest entry.
Roselle won first place in the Guide Dogs category, and received the highest honor for the Hero Dog Awards. During the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she led her blind owner, Michael Hingson, down 1,463 stairs to the first floor. After exiting the building, Roselle led Hingson through dust and debris to the nearest subway station to stand safely underground.
Sadie is a 5-year-old black labrador retriever who took home the prize for the Law Enforcement/Arson category. She works in the Major Crimes Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and has assisted in approximately 400 fires. Sadie has also been recognized for a range of awards, including the "Golden Paws" Award for life-saving acts and is a co-partner in being recognized as "Colorado Peace Officer of the Year."
Receiving the award in the Emerging Hero Dogs category, Ricochet surfs with special needs children and adults with disabilities. After garnering a great deal of popularity from her YouTube video and Facebook page, Ricochet has helped raise more than $125,000 for charitable efforts, Petside reports.
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Based in Des Plaines, Ill., Zurich is a certified service dog who was partnered with his owner Patricia Kennedy in 2004. Kennedy, who can't speak or walk, can rely on her golden retriever to retrieve anything from TV remotes to dropped clipboards, according to the American Humane Association.
Stacey Mae is a 4-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain dog who took first place in the Therapy Dogs category. She collects stuffed animals for children in the hospital. So far she has rounded up almost 2,000 teddy bears and stuffed animals, according to the American Humane Association.