Dog that killed Lexi (6) found in park just months earlier
A rescue dog that mauled a four-year-old girl to death was a stray picked up by the local authorities in a park months earlier.
Lexi Branson died in hospital after being attacked by bulldog Mulan in the living room of her home in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, on Tuesday.
Her mother Jodi Hudson frantically tried to pull the dog off her daughter during the sustained attack and ended up stabbing the animal to death with a kitchen knife in the flat in Rowena Court.
Lexi, who had been off school sick, was taken to Nottingham's Queen Medical Centre but doctors were unable to save her following the unprovoked attack.
Police said the rescue dog had been with the family for just two months after they got the animal from Willow Rehoming Centre in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire.
The rehoming centre has a contract with Leicester City Council to provide kennelling for stray dogs.
In a statement, a Leicester City Council spokesman said: "Like all councils, we have a duty to collect stray dogs reported to us, and we employ dog wardens to do this.
"This particular dog was picked up from a local park as a stray and handed over to the kennels in August.
"The police are notified of any dogs suspected of being dangerous or on the list of prohibited breeds, and these are not considered for rehoming."
Police said the bulldog was not listed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dog Act, and said officers were not treating this as a criminal investigation.