MADEIRA BEACH — A man stabbed a golden retriever after the dog bit his granddaughter at a McDonald's restaurant Monday morning, authorities said.
The child, 4-year-old Shayna Lydick, was taken to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. She may need to undergo reconstructive surgery, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The man, 48-year-old Shawn Riley, of Seminole, has not been charged. The owners of the 9-year-old dog named Sampson were identified as Robert Moore, 47, and Debbie Moore, 44, both transients. They were given trespass notices and were told to leave the restaurant, deputies said.
Deputies were called to 650 150th Ave. around 8:50 a.m.
The dog bit the child on her lip after she approached it in an outdoor seating area, the Sheriff's Office said. Riley then stabbed the dog twice in the neck with a pocketknife, and the dog retreated to a rowboat off a nearby dock.
The dog was treated at the scene by paramedics before it was taken into custody by Pinellas County Animal Services. An investigation is ongoing and the dog has been quarantined, said senior animal control officer John Hohenstern.
Deputies said the dog owners and the girl's grandfather know each other.