A toddler was rushed to hospital to undergo surgery after police said she was bitten by a dog at a Saanich daycare.

The three-year-old was injured at the daycare Giggles and Grins on Burnside Road West.

Police said she suffered injuries to her face that required her to stay overnight in hospital and to undergo surgery.

CTV News reached out to the daycare operator, whose husband said the child suffered a scratch or cut under her eye – but denied that the dog bit her.

He said he believes the injury may have been caused by the sharp edge of a plastic yogurt cup being pushed into the child's face by the young dog's nose.

Police said the dog, a husky-malamute cross, is about one year old.

They weren't aware of any violent history with the pet and said the investigation is still in its early stages.

The extent of the child's injuries is unknown.

It's unclear whether the dog actually bit the child, but police reiterated that the matter is being investigated by the pound as a dog bite.

Island Health is also investigating the incident.