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Autopsy shows woman died from dog bite to neck

A woman visiting Norfolk from North Carolina died after being bitten early Saturday morning by an Alaskan Malamute.
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NORFOLK -- A North Carolina woman visiting Norfolk died as the result of a dog bite to the neck.

That is the finding of an autopsy conducted Monday onthe woman who was bitten around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a home on Tabor Court.

49-year-old Theresa Ellerman was visiting the home from North Carolina when she was bitten by an Alaskan Malamute.

She was taken to the hospital because she was having trouble breathing, and she died about an hour later.

Police say the dog bit Ellerman at least one time but did not maul her. The death has been ruled accidental.

The dog remains quarantined pending the outcome of the investigation. Police say no charges have been filed yet.

According to the American Kennel Club, Alaskan Malamutes are the largest and oldest breed of Arctic sled dog.

The AKC description of the breed describes them as an 'affectionate and friendly family dog.'

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