An elderly woman is dead in Gulfport after being attacked by pit bulls early Wednesday morning.

When officers arrived at the home, which was in the 14400 block of Deidra Court, police say they found the 75-year-old woman dead in the yard. It was reported just before 8 a.m.

Investigators say the woman was known to walk in the neighborhood. According to police, the woman opened a closed gate to a fenced-in yard and was attacked by two pit bulls belonging to the person who lives in the home. The victim did not live at the home where the attack happened. The owner of the dogs has surrendered both animals to Gulfport Animal Control, said authorities.

According to Gulfport Police: “While this is a tragic situation which is still under investigation, there are no charges at this time.”

This is an open death investigation. Anyone with any information on this death is asked to contact Gulfport Police at 228-868-5898.

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