Girl bitten by Saskatoon police dog during home invasion chase

An eight-year-old girl was sent to hospital in Saskatoon on Saturday after being bitten by a police dog.

Police say bite will be investigated

Saskatoon police were tracking two suspects in a home invasion when an 8-year-old girl was bitten by a police canine. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

An eight-year-old girl was sent to hospital in Saskatoon on Saturday after being bitten by a police dog.

At about 5 p.m. CST, officers responded to a call of a home invasion in progress in the 100 block of Avenue L South, according to a news release.

They were told weapons were involved and that two male suspects fled on foot.

Officers tried to track the suspects with a police dog.

During the search, the dog rounded the corner of a building in the 100 block of Avenue M South and latched onto an eight-year-old girl. The girl had no relation to the crime.

The dog was harnessed and leashed at the time and released the girl from its bite at the handler's command, police said.

Police stopped the pursuit and called for medical assistance.

The girl and her mother were taken to hospital for treatment of her injuries, which police said were not life-threatening.

Those with information on the home invasion are asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service.