Anne Riel used to enjoy greeting the dogs that came into the Gloucester Home Depot with their owners. But since she was bitten in the face by a shih tzu, the store is reconsidering its policy on dogs.
“Currently, dogs are allowed in stores as long as they’re under control by their owner – this is a policy we’re now re-looking at,” said manager of public relations for Home Depot Tiziana Baccega on Monday.
There was a “No Dogs” sign at the store, but it was never enforced, said Riel. The shih tzu that attacked her was in a shopping cart near its owner when she leaned toward it and it bit her nose.
“It happened so fast,” Riel said. “The shot of pain and the blood was immense.”
Riel received seven stitches and will require plastic surgery, she said.