North Carolina Woman Killed by Alaskan Malamute Do Bite

Posted on Dec 26, 2009
An autopsy has revealed hat a North Carolina woman was killed by an Alaskan malamute who bit her on the neck. North Carolina Police say that 49-year-old Theresa Ellerman of Jacksonville, NC, was visiting a friend in Norfolk, NC, when the friend’s dog bit the woman on the neck. The woman went to sleep, but later complained about having difficulty breathing. Although she was rushed to the hospital, she later died of her dog bite wound about an hour later.

NC Police say that the Alaskan Malamute did not maul the woman and that the dog attack incident was accidental. The autopsy revealed a single dog bite wound to the neck. Other in the neighborhood told reporters that the dog in question never appeared aggressive, vicious, or violent. The accident happened at around 2:30 in the morning. It is unclear if the dog was provoked before the dog bite or what the circumstances surrounding the dog bite were.

The dog is being held in quarantine since the bite took place and may be held throughout the police investigation. The fate of the dog is unknown. The Alaskan Malamute is not known for aggressiveness although it is a large breed. In fact, Malamutes are described as a warm and friendly family dog.

While fatal dog attack incidents are rare in North Carolina, a fatal dog attack on an adult is even more rare.

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