by No Dogs Allowed
Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, England - Four-year-old Lexi Branson loved the mastiff-mix her mother Jodi Hudson rescued from a shelter two months ago.
“[Jodi] picked it up from the pound – it was a dog that had suffered abuse in the past, but she said it had a very soft nature,” said family friend Paul Ryan. “Lexi was always playing with it,” he added.
Neighbors were in shock yesterday afternoon as the 30-year-old mother burst through the front door of her building, bloodied and crying. They said Hudson had to stab the dog to make it let go of her daughter, which had been shaking the girl like a rag doll during the attack.
Four-year-old Lexi died of her injuries at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham yesterday.
Neighbor Glenn Sheppard described the dog as “loud,” but added, “it didn’t seem aggressive.”
“It was a very big dog – a type I have never seen before. I saw Jodi outside with blood and mud up her arm, crying outside, and mud all up her legs. She had obviously tried to wrestle with the dog,” said Sheppard, describing the attack.
The dog has been euthanized.
The dog was later described as a “mastiff cross,” but was not believed to have been covered under Britain’s “Dangerous Dog Act,” which bans certain breeds such as pit bulls.