By Ben Chapman: ITV News Correspondent
No visit to Lexi Branson's home was made by staff at the rehoming centre before allowing the family to take the dog, an inquest has heard.
Michael Watts, the owner of the centre, said Lexi Branson and her mother's flat was small with no secure garden, but did "not necessarily" qualify for a home visit before giving them the dog.
Watts added that Lexi's mother Jodi Hudson "was given the opportunity to go away and think about" whether it was appropriate to take the dog.
Responsibility for the decision about suitability lies with both the rehoming centre and the potential owner, he added.
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