Bunnings is the Home Depot of Australia.
I’ve always been a fan of doggy dining, where canines can accompany folks to a restaurant, but only with a bunch of caveats:
- only outside;
- management can decide whenever they want to evict a dog; and,
- the adults involved aren’t entitled douchebags.
Just days after the popular home improvement chain confirmed that customers were now allowed to take their pooches inside stores, a Melbourne child has allegedly been bitten on the leg.
Five-year-old Madeline Hungerford is recovering at home after an incident at the Bunnings store in Melton yesterday.
“We just don’t think dogs should be there,” Ms Hungerford told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell this morning.
“Bunnings on a Sunday is really busy … It’s just not a good environment for a dog.”
She said the family had been walking through the store when their little girl was set upon.
“We were walking past two little dogs, one was being patted at the time and Madeline tried to pat the other one,” Ms Hungerford said.
But before her little girl could get within patting range, she said, the dog — believed to be a Jack Russell terrier — allegedly bit her on the leg.
“It’s broken the skin just below her knee,” she said.
“She’s got two bite marks that broke the skin, a couple of bite marks around the side and bruising and swelling.”
In a cruel twist of fate, Madeline had only just become comfortable around dogs when the incident occurred.
News.com.au revealed on Thursday Bunnings had unveiled a new policy of welcoming pets into stores.
Bunnings operations director Michael Schneider then said that while customers weren’t being encouraged to bring pets inside, “as long as pets are under appropriate control, are not aggressive and do not compromise the safety of our team or customers they are welcome”.
“Our team members have full discretion to deny any pet entry to the store,” he said, adding that assistance animals “have always been and will always be allowed entry into our stores”.
While a majority of readers supported the move in an online poll, some expressed concern.