Jacksonville Woman Dead After Dog Bite, Memorial To Be Held

New details about the death of a woman after getting bitten by a dog. It turns out, she was a dog lover herself.

Forty-nine year-old Theresa Ellerman of Jacksonville died Saturday after an Alaskan Malamute bit her in the neck at her friend's house in Norfolk, Virginia.

An autopsy report says it was indeed the bite that killed Ellerman. Her obituary says she was a Marine, most recently stationed at Camp Lejeune and had four dogs of her own. Ellerman leaves behind three children. The 49-year-old was also engaged to be married.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at The Infant Of Prague Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m.


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  • by To J Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    Sometimes there does not have to be a "REASON" that dogs do this. I had a very ill tempered pomeranian that did the same thing to my daughter's neck and they were just sitting on the couch and no, she didn't give him a reason. Thank God that only two teeth actually punctured through her skin. Let's not forget that a lovely young lady has been killed. God bless her family.
  • by Pitt County Pride Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    My sincerest condolences to the family, especially to her fiancee, who I've know for 30 years. We can't believe anything like this has happened. May God assuage the grief of the family and friends of Theresa Ann Ellerman...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Thoughts and prayer to the famlies. The Norfolk paper and sites said it was one bite in the neck. She was not mauled. The autoposy showed the dog bite was the cause of death. The death was ruled accidental, said Donna Price, administrator of the Tidewater district office of the chief medical examiner.
  • by j Location: gVILLE on Dec 15, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Please dont start being ignorant about Alaskan Malamutes. Please, just dont say a singe word because you people are just going to make up whatever you want. Forget about the wolf crap. There was a REASON that dog reacted the way it did and NONE OF US know why.
  • by James Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    No the Alaskan malamute is not a wolf hybrid. It is, however, related to the wolf in the same way that other dogs are...such as the Siberian Husky.
  • by Helen Location: Jacksonville on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    I really feel for her family at a time like this. The only thing I am wondering and have to ask: Is the Malamute a wolf hybrid?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    So much sadness in the news these days! I am sorry for the family of this young woman!
  • by Keith on Dec 15, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    My God Bless her family and fiancee during this tragic time. I know she will be missed.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Thiers is not much more to the story.The dog bit her and she died how hard is that to understand.Geez!
  • by Old Blue Location: Beaufort Co. on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    The comments on the WAVY.COM are alot different than on this site. I think people up there think before they make comments.
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