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Toddler bitten by dog at PetSmart in Colonial Heights

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A 2-year-old girl is in the hospital after Colonial Heights Police say she was bitten by a dog at the PetSmart at Southgate Square.

Police describe the dog as a 6-month-old pit bull mix. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say the dog was in a training class. The owner was outside of the ring and an employee was inside the ring with the dog. 

"In some way, shape or form the door was left open enough and long enough for the dog to escape," said Captain William Anspach with Colonial Heights Police.  

The dog began running around the store and according to police jumped onto a woman who was holding the little girl.  "It didn't bite her (the woman), but she pushed it back and it lunged back and got her child's leg," said Captain Anspach.

An officer happened to be at the store for an unrelated investigation and was able to call EMS right away. 

"We had an officer on the scene on an unrelated call when he was approached by a female, who had some blood on her asking for an ambulance," said Captain Anspach.

PetSmart's corporate office released this statement Thursday afternoon:

We take any situation involving the health and safety of customers, associates and pets very seriously. We are deeply disturbed by this unfortunate situation, and our thoughts are with the child and her family. We immediately launched an investigation, including reviewing our policies and procedures. We will continue to do our best to support the family at this difficult time.

Police say animal control is now investigating, but it appears to be an accident and the dog may have been overstimulated.

The dog is now being quarantined at its owner's home in Prince George for ten days. Animal control will be following up with the owner.  After that, it will be up to the owner to decide what do with the dog. 

Police say it will be up to a judge to decide if a dog must be surrendered or euthanized. Because this was an accident police say they do not believe it will get to that point.

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