DENVER -- Amy Sampson walked into a pet store with her daughters Audra and Lauren, to get a collar for their dog, but were instead attacked by someone else's.
Lauren Sampson, who just turned 5, is still recovering from lacerations and deep puncture wounds on her backside and pelvic area.
"They're itchy," Lauren said.
When asked about the attack, which happened Oct. 28, Lauren scrunched her face, shook her head, then buried her face against her mother.
"She doesn't like to talk about it," Amy Sampson said.
The attack happened at the PetSmart on South Colorado Boulevard, a store that allows customers to bring their pets inside.
"He lunged out and latched onto Lauren," said Amy Sampson, the victim's mom. "At first I was just in shock. I couldn't believe what was happening, then when I finally realized and gathered myself, I grabbed onto her and started pulling her."
"We have different accounts of exactly what happened," said Doug Kelley, director of Denver Animal Control. "The victim's mother said the dog bit without provocation. A witness said the victim startled the dog."
Kelley said the American bulldog, named Nemo, was on a leash inside the store.
Because it was Nemo's first recorded attack in Denver, he was put in quarantine for 10 days and will then be released.
The victim's mom said the dog should have been put to sleep.