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Girl died as a result of dog attack, coroner rules

A four-year-old girl died when she was mauled to death at home in Leicestershire by the family's pet bulldog, a coroner has recorded in a narrative verdict.

The coroner said he would make recommendations to avoid similar deaths in future, drawing attention to the lack of national standards for rehoming dogs in kennels.

The Aylestone bulldog-type family pet killed Lexi Branson after attacking her in the lounge of their two-bedroom flat in November 2013.

Lexi's mother told the inquest at Rutland and North Leicestershire Coroner's Court that the animal had gone straight for the four-year-old's throat.

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Lexi's mother: Tragedy still too painful to talk about

The mother of a four-year-old girl mauled to death by the family's pet dog said the death of her "bubbly" daughter is still too painful to talk about.

A coroner today ruled that Lexi Branson died when the family's 79lb Aylestone-type dog attacked her at home last November.

Lexi Branson was killed after being attacked by the dog at her Leicestershire home. Credit: Police handout

"The last 10 months have been extremely difficult for me and all who knew and loved Lexi. She was a bubbly girl who always had a smile and brought happiness to everyone she met," Jodi Hudson said after the verdict.

"We still think about her everyday and she lives on in our hearts as we have such wonderful memories of her. Her death is still too painful to talk about."

Ms Hudson said she hoped "in time the tragic events of that afternoon will ease."

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