NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Police Investigators say a dog bite to a woman's neckhas caused her death. Police along with Fire and Rescue Teamsresponded to Tabor Court early Saturday morning.
Investigators say 49-year-old Theresa Ellerman fromJacksonville, North Carolina was found on Tabor Court withbreathing troubles.
An Alaskan Malamute bit her during her visit with friends.Police say about one hour later, Ellerman died at the hospital.
"I was shocked because I've seen the dog before and he nevercame off that way to me," said neighbor Alex Tabor.
Tabor wasn't the only one surprised.
"This is very unusual," said Dr. Ron Hallstrom.
Dr. Hallstrom is a Veterinarian at the Dog and Cat Hospital on21st street.
He says Malamutes generally have a good temperament. "Overall Ithink they're not as apt to bite as a Pit Bull or a Rottweiler. Ithink in most cases they have a pretty good disposition."
Dr. Hallstrom says the malamute is from the arctic circle andclosely related to the siberian husky.
"The malamute is a big dog, if it bit a person in the rightplace, which this dog did, it can cause serious problems."
Norfolk police say the malamute did not show signs of beingrabid.
Dr. Hallstrom says dogs that bite will usually have shown signsof aggression in the past. He suggests visitors always tellhomeowners if they're uncomfortable around dogs.
Norfolk police tell WAVY.com the homeowner will not face chargesrelated to the deadly dog bite.
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