A two-year-old girl has undergone eye surgery after being bitten by a dog at the Chilliwack BC SPCA Saturday.

Aaron Brown said his daughter, Kaitlyn, was visiting the SPCA branch with her mother and grandmother when she was attacked by an Australian cattle dog.

BC SPCA spokesperson Lorie Chortyk said the family came in to the branch to surrender some cats when the incident happened.

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“[The dog] was up at the front and was playing with the little girl and kissing her face and they were having a great time,” Chortyk said, adding that the dog had no history of aggression.

“Then we brought him back into the office and he was sleeping under the desk and the little girl came through the gate unbeknownst to us… We’re not sure what happened because we didn’t see the interaction but we think she may have leaned down towards him,” Chortyk said.

The dog, named Domingo, caused injuries to girl’s face and eye area.

Brown said his daughter’s eye started to bleed and they took her to the hospital where she needed tear-duct surgery.

Chortyk said the dog was euthanized after the attack.

“We did have to take the step of euthanizing Domingo because we just can’t take the chance. If a dog has bitten we don’t want to have that chance that it may happen again. So just a really, really sad situation all around,” Chortyk said.

Eleven-year-old Domingo had been at the shelter for several months and had never shown any sign of aggression towards people.

Chortyk said the dog had lived a hard life being passed around to a few different families after a divorce.

“Then his owner passed away and Domingo was in the house with this deceased owner for five weeks,” she said.

The BC SPCA has been trying to contact the Brown family since the incident.

“We hate to see a little girl getting bitten and that’s really sad… and sad for dogs who have been passed around a lot of places and had shown no signs of aggression before.”

Brown said Kaitlyn is now recovering at home.