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Home Depot Canada bans pets

Home Depot Canada bans pets
A new Home Depot is guarded by a police van in downtown Xian, the capital of Shanxi Province. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

GLOUCESTER, Ontario, April 22 (UPI) -- Home Depot announced domestic pets will no longer be allowed in its Canadian stores after a customer's dog bit off the tip of a greeter's nose.

Home Depot Canada said Thursday the policy change, which will not affect U.S. stores, was "the best decision for the shopping enjoyment and safety of all customers," the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

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The store chain said certified assistance dogs will still be allowed in the stores.

The policy, which takes effect May 16, comes after Gloucester, Ontario, Home Depot greeter Anna Riel, 39, was bitten by an elderly woman's Shih Tzu while working at the store April 15. Riel said she required reconstructive surgery after the incident.

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