Toddler bitten by dog outside Southampton Lidl store

A TWO-year-old suffered multiple face injuries after being bitten by a dog last Tuesday in Southampton.

The girl was bitten between 3pm an 3:45pm after approaching the tethered husky outside a Lidl store on Bursledon Road.The toddler was later hospitalised where she received stitches for her nose and chin wounds.

The dog had been approached by the girl when she walked into the store with her father, and the husky was friendly, say police.

The store where the attack happened.

It is not yet clear whether further action will be taken to assess the dog’s behaviour and if sanctions will be put in place. The dangerous dogs act states that it is an offence for a person’s dog to be out of control, and owners should be aware of the implications of this as they could potentially be prosecuted.

Police would like to hear from the dog’s owner or visitors to the store on Tuesday, January 29th.

Witnesses should contact the police by calling 101 and quote the refernce number 44190036218.

Hampshire police advise the public to refrain from approaching a dog when the owner is not present, and consent must be given from them before making contact.