Updated May 18th, 2018
There have been several media requests regarding the locations of the pit bulls surrendered in this case.
Based on this incident, and prior incidents, the owner of the dogs, Emily Craft, voluntarily surrendered the dogs to Gulfport Animal Control Officers. As per protocol, the animals were turned over to the Gulfport Humane Society. The Humane Society works tirelessly to effectively place animals in safe homes. They do so with the safety of the animals and the citizens in mind. Animals with aggressive tendencies can not be adopted out into the public. Animals that can not be adopted are euthanized. The pit bulls in this case have shown by a prior allegation of attacking another dog, and by killing a person, that they are aggressive and can not be adopted to the public. Due to this, they were euthanized.
Update May 16, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
The Gulfport Police Department has arrested 32 year old Emily Craft of Gulfport. She has been arrested on the charges of Dog at Large and Vicious Animal. These misdemeanor charges stem from an incident occurring in July 2017. Craft was processed and released from her residence on Deidra Court. On July 5, 2017, Gulfport Animal Control Officers responded to the 14400 block of Deidra Court in reference to a complaint of dog at large and vicious animal. The complainant stated that Craft’s two pit bulls had entered the complainants yard and attacked a golden retriever mix.
While the incident occurring on May 16, 2018 is still under investigation, there are no charges for that incident at this time.
On May 16, 2018 at 7:54 a.m., the Gulfport Police Department responded to a report of a injured female in the 14400 block of Deidra Court. The caller advised that a woman was being attacked by two pit bulls. Responding Officers located a 75 year old female (identity withheld pending family notification) deceased in a yard. AMR was called, but the woman had already succumbed to her injuries while on the scene. Gulfport Detectives, Crime Scene Units, and the Harrison County Coroner responded.
The resulting investigation revealed that the woman was known to walk in the neighborhood. The woman apparently opened a closed gate to a fenced yard, and entered, in the 14400 block of Deidra Court. While in the yard, two pit bulls who belong to the resident, attacked the woman causing her injuries. The deceased did not live at the residence where the incident occurred. The resident has surrendered the animals to Gulfport Animal Control. While this is a tragic situation which is still under investigation, there are no charges at this time.
If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.