Montana Woman, 84, Who Was Injured as Child During World War II, Is Fatally Mauled by 3 Dogs

A Billings Police Department statement says the victim was attacked on private property by three large, mixed-breed dogs

Melitta Hain

An 84-year-old Montana woman who was injured as a small child during World War II died after she was mauled by three dogs earlier in April, according to multiple reports.

The Yellowstone County Coroner's identified the victim of the April 8 attack as Melitta Hain, KURL8-TV, MTN News and the Billings Gazette report.

A Billings Police Department statement obtained by PEOPLE says that officers responded to a report of a disturbance on April 8, at 6:28 p.m.. The victim had been attacked on private property by three large, mixed-breed dogs.

All three dogs are being held at a local animal shelter, say police. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made.

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According to an obituary in the Billings Gazette, Hain was born in Germany prior to World War II, but was injured as a child during the bombing of Berlin. Her family became separated during the war, and she subsequently moved to East Berlin.

She later escaped East Germany to the United States, but was forced to leave her family behind, only meeting them years later, the outlet reports.

In a personal history written at the behest of her family, Haim wrote that she was grateful to come to the U.S.. Referencing reuniting with her family, she wrote, "I am thankful for my 'newly found' beautiful family. I am at peace now and thank God for knowing that the 'good byes' are not so permanent."

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